School: A school is an institution designed for the teaching of students (or “pupils”) under the direction of teachers.
Institution: Institutions are “stable, valued, recurring patterns of behavior. “As structures or mechanisms of social order, they govern the behavior of a set of individuals within a given community. Institutions are identified with a social purpose, transcending individuals and intentions by mediating the rules that govern living behavior.
The newest concern in New York State education is the recent request from the Alliance for a Quality Education that the Board of Regents “avoid publicly using the word “failing” when referring to [these] schools because it stigmatizes schools, students and families, and undermines school improvement.”
“About 25 of these schools are eligible for $75 million in new funding as a result of being classified in the law as “persistently failing.”
“Addressing the needs of our struggling schools will require careful planning, resources, time and above all meaningful collaboration between communities, families and their schools . . .” said Rick Longhurst, Executive Administrator of the New York State Parent Teacher Association.”
If schools are failing, then we must address the areas of failure of the institution, not the individuals that work in or are cared for by the institution.
If a school is failing it is no longer stable and its recurring patterns of behavior can no longer be valued. It has become evident that the social purpose of our schools is not intended for the good of the people but for the profiteering of corporations.
“Hedgehogs” are mediating the rules that govern living behavior with the intent of creating a “workforce” that will continue to live in poverty and “middleclassdom” as they struggle to afford a lifestyle that supports corporate profits while keeping them enslaved to debt.
Changing the schools without changing the language of education promotes failure and fuels funding.
Our schools are failing our children and our children are failing to receive an education that discovers, develops, and directs their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, concerned, actively engaged citizens of these United States.
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