In his paper, “Effects of Inequality and Poverty vs. Teachers and Schooling on America’s Youth“, David C. Berliner writes:
“The research question asked is why so many school reform efforts have produced so little improvement in American schools. The answer offered is that the sources of school failure have been thought to reside inside the schools, resulting in attempts to improve America’s teachers, curriculum, testing programs and administration. It is argued in this paper, however, that the sources of America’s educational problems are outside school, primarily a result of income inequality. Thus it is suggested that targeted economic and social policies have more potential to improve the nations schools than almost anything currently being proposed by either political party at federal, state or local levels.”
To continue to believe that poverty and inequality are the causes for the mis-education of America’s children is to suggest that money will solve the problems inherent within the system of education when it never has.
To continue to believe that teachers and schools are the causes for the mis-education of America’s children is to continue to deny the truth of the influence of corporate dollars on education legislation that ignores the gifts and talents of our children, and depends upon their educational failure when calculating not-for-profit profits.
When we change the language of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all children we will begin to see a change in the direction of education from failure to success.
When every child in America is afforded a free and public education that is developmentally appropriate, Arts based, and experiential, delivered by knowledgeable, dedicated educators who recognize and respect their own gifts and talents and the gifts and talents of everyone in the school community, the “hedgehogs” will no longer be able to profit from the inabilities of our children.
We must change the system of education in order to change the outcome of education and in order to change the system, we must change the intent from profit to humanity.
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