What if someone were to say that the U.S. education system isn’t broken?
What if someone were to say our kids are getting a well-rounded education from dedicated teachers that help prepare them for life, for continuing education and for jobs?
Of course that would be pretty radical and the person who were to do that might face ridicule and scorn.
But what if?
OK, it’s me. I’ll say it.
And I’ll say it with some authority.
Because I personally have been through 13 years of public schools and my four children have too, and because I regularly walk the halls of local schools and talk to the principals and sometimes the counselors and sometimes the teachers, and because I’ve listened in at board meetings and toured through new schools and learned from assemblies and science fairs and music performances.
And what I’ve seen isn’t broken.
It is in fact, amazing. Cutting edge. Best practices. With dedicated professionals running the show and incorporing high-tech and anti-bullying and pro-responsibility curriculum through it all.
So, you say, how can you make a blanket assessment of the entire education system when you surely aren’t familiar with it all.
So, I say to you, how can the naysayers make their blanket assessments and get nods all around?
I’m OK with our scores not being as high as the scores of Korean students. I’ve spoken with Korean students and I know how long they study and at what cost.
I’m OK with the occasional school not meeting the No Child Left Behind standard. I’ve heard about the criteria imposed and recognize it is getting ever more impossible to meet.
I think we all agree that no child should leave the system without being able to read and write and add, and I’m comfortable that every effort is being made to make that minimum standard.
For more information check out the Sept.27 edition of Davis Clipper.