Determination: Firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end.
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (Albert Einstein)
It is no secret that leaders in education have been using the same methods of reform, year after year, in state after state, achieving the same results, the failure of our children to thrive educationally. Everyone agrees that our current system of education is woefully insufficient. There is no doubt but that we must reform education so that it concentrates on the child and not the cost.
If one were to believe that the decisions of those who have been leading education down a failing road for decades, were made with the best of intentions, then we must concede, that they were determined to try every possible way to make their system of education work. It doesn’t. Enough data has been gathered to support initiating an entirely new way of educating our children.
The business model currently driving education policy and law, approaching education from a production perspective, sees our children as widgets, waiting to be molded into whatever part society needs at the time of their graduation. When the system isn’t working properly, adjustments are made to the machine with little effort made to determine why it is not working.
It is time to recognize that the problem is the machine, not the way it works.
Children are not lumps of clay waiting to be molded into our best guess for what they should be. Their perspectives and beliefs are formed by their interactions and experiences with their environment.
Reforming education means understanding that children, our greatest resource, deserve to be exposed to positive, enriching experiences with positive engaging adults to guide them as they investigate all the options life has to offer so that the individual can choose a career which best suits their passion.
The current failing system of education has been in effect for decades. We have tried every imaginable way to make it work, it doesn’t. To continue forcing its use is insanity.
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