Segregation forever? Every action or inaction is a barometer reading of our level of caring. I'm so tired of seeing city school superintendents standing in classrooms for photo-ops to "show" that they're worth the six figures a year they're getting paid. Meanwhile time is ticking and the die is being cast for many a young mind. We need radical solutions and they should come from the children themselves rather than the high paid, scared-of-losing-their-job suit and ties. I believe we can educate anybody anywhere, we just need the freedom to do it.
This Oz-like entity called the State has decreed how our children will spend the better part of their childhood. I'm convinced that the state's concern is not whether our children grow to be beautiful, caring, contributing members of society but it's interest is in tapping brain power to develop some new weapons technology or scientific breakthrough. That's why the State deems science and math so important. It's all about the economy and being number one in the world. Do you think our children care if the U.S. is the richest most powerful nation?
So here are my recommendations:
1) Take a house on every block and turn it into a school. Kind of a variation on the one-room schoolhouse only with computers. Children would simply walk down the street - no more nauseating bus ride belching green house gases. They would learn with different aged students, reflecting the real world. The approach would be more personal- hard to get lost in the crowd when there's only 15-20 of you. Parents would be more likely to get involved because they live right next door to the "school".
2)Throw out the State's curriculum! Parents, teachers and students know the needs of their children. We don't need the State imposing years of math and science on young minds, the vast majority of whom will forget everything they know about math and science the second they answer the last test question. Of course I'm not saying that math and science are not of value but students should exhibit the interest and aptitude before we sentence them to years of spirit crushing boredom.
3)Reduce the hours spent in class. Children love to play and socialize(and by the way they actually learn a great deal from it). They should be doing more of that and less sitting on a hard seat being told to "sit still". I would rather my child go to school for two classes she is interested in and therefore more likely to do well in and gain confidence in, than to attend five or six classes simply watching the clock. There's a saying, "nothing succeeds like success". If a child becomes proficient in just on thing that success and confidence would spill over into everything else.
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