Let’s stop arguing and let teachers teach.
As our public education system slips and slides down the international scale of standards and knowledge, our students and teachers are paying the price in a system run by fear and teaching to the test.
What has happened to education in America?
A simple answer is politics. Instead of working together to improve a once solid system, we are becoming polarized in our political views of how education should be run.
Some believe education should run as a business. Money in, equals profit out. The profit in education is test scores and numbers, not how well our children are prepared for the workforce and their communities.
Every student is looked at as potential profit with potential return. Students who do not perform well on tests get left behind. Teachers no longer have time to work with struggling students. They must continue pumping out material so every student has an opportunity to succeed on the assessment. Those who fall behind must catch up on their own.
How we will find every child’s strengths and give them equal access to resources when we are too focused on measuring their success on paper?
Walter McKenzie, on The Whole Child Blog, says the current education system does not reference a choice or children –
- Education is a public enterprise funded by taxpayers.
- Government reports to taxpayers on its performance.
- Elected officials craft policy and practice in the name of accountability.
McKenzie says our education system is being run as a “business that needs to produce numbers to justify the value.”
Some believe the way to “fix” education is to privatize it. This will allow the haves to continue to succeed and receive a strong education, while the have nots will continue to struggle to gain access to opportunities.
Others believe holding teachers and schools accountable is the right way to go. Put numbers to paper on how well each student is doing and that will rate the job of every teacher and in turn rate schools.
But what does this really do?
It takes away the individual strengths of each child, and lumps everyone into one pile – you get it or you don’t. Individual interests, ability and learning needs go out the window along with discovery and well rounded learning in an environment of fear. Educators teach in fear, students take assessments in fear.
Let’s stop the arguing and the fights over how to politically reform public education and refocus on our kids.
Focus on every single one of them and what makes them special and unique.
Let’s trust teachers make the decisions for each of their students in the classroom instead of making uneducated decisions in a courtroom. Teachers are the experts in education, not politicians.
We leave you with Silhouette Man and his opinions of American education…