Excellence: The quality of being outstanding or extremely good; an outstanding feature or quality
Expectation: A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future; a belief that someone will or should achieve something.
Standard: A level of quality or attainment; an idea or thing used as a measure, norm, or model in comparative evaluations.
There should be only one Federal standard when referring to the system of education in America and that is excellence. The United States Constitution should be amended to read, “Every State shall provide every child in America with an excellent education.”
The expectation should be that every child will achieve something outstanding or extremely good, in their future.
The only way to reach an educational standard of excellence is to change the focus of education so that it concentrates on the gifts and talents of our children and by allowing our children to set personal standards of excellence for themselves.
When we provide every child with an excellent education, that is developmentally appropriate, founded in the arts, experiential, and delivered in neighborhood schools, by dedicated teachers in low student/teacher class sizes, who are experienced in discovering and developing a child’s gifts and talents, children will understand that their special gifts and talents are necessary in order to make our world a better place in which to live.
Once children know and understand that their lives are an important contribution to the betterment of society, they will grow to become actively engaged, knowledgeable, citizens who respect themselves and the contributions others bring to the table of life.
The level of attainment for all children in America, the “thing used as a measure, norm, or model in comparative evaluations” must be excellence.
When we expect every child to do their best, challenging them to become as great as they were created to be, personal failure is no longer an option.
When we have an expectation of educational excellence for all children, the standard becomes the discovery of the individual outstanding feature or quality of every child.
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