How can a large urban district continually fail to educate more than half of its students for nearly half a century?
Superintendents were hired, experts in their field, paid an enormous amount of money and their best plans were closing and renaming schools, shuffling students, and changing curriculum. Unfortunately, no matter how many times they tried this, schools still failed.
It was time to break away from the status quo, especially since right down the road from many failing public schools were successful private schools. It was not hard to convince the general public that this was the answer. Public school is a failure, schools must be private in order to succeed.
What do private schools have that public schools do not? Their budgets are much lower, they pay their teachers much less, their instructional materials are not as up-to-date. So, the reason for their success must be because there is no union. Once again, not difficult to convince the public that teacher unions are the reason public schools are failing.
Though this is a very simplistic overview of the educational insanity that exists, it is not total fantasy. We become convinced that a building or books or tests or grade levels educate children. We become convinced that teachers aren’t teaching because they’re holding out for more money. Year after year of failure has allowed us to believe the expert lie spun to explain the educational failure of our country until the truth has become conspiracy theory.
The truth is schools don’t fail children do. The truth is that we are failing to properly educate our children because it is profitable to do so. The more a district fails the more money it receives. Politicians have based their political careers on the education issue. Education is no longer about children and creating a better society. Mis-education has become the cash cow of the greedy and power hungry.
We must recognize the conspiracy and realize the truth. Education is about guiding children toward realizing their potential and using that potential to create a better world for everyone.
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