The Rochester City School District is always searching for alternative ways to educate its students, the newest is a military academy.
The idea of replicating what works instead of trying something new seems to allude district leaders.
The Children’s School-School #15, World of Inquiry-School #58, School Without Walls, and School of the Arts are, and in some cases, were, incredibly successful schools and yet their style of teaching and learning is not replicated.
In fact, School #58 lost district funding for inquiry based teaching and learning and was forced to adopt the common core curriculum, its standardization and control.
This is what a military school offers, standardization and control.
Channel 10’s program, “New York State Exposed” quoted Lt. Col. Astyk, WNY Maritime Charter School commandant as saying, “. . . we’re concentrating on two things: character development and leadership.”
Why is it we must look to the military to provide character development and leadership. These are qualities that every child should be exposed to and taught.
Every child needs structure and discipline however that structure and discipline do not need to be meted out in a militaristic manner.
The Children’s School, World of Inquiry, School Without Walls, and School of the Arts, their very names suggest that they are child centered learning institutions. Their teaching and learning styles have proven to be successful.
The question becomes, “Why are we trying to force our children into a standardized, controlling learning environment when it is obvious that children respond positively and successfully to an open-ended, inquiry based, learning environment.
It is important to recognize that not every leader is headed in the right direction. It is incumbent upon the people to speak up when we know and understand that the direction of our leadership is toward failure. Especially when the lives of our children are involved.
Every child in America deserves a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming a knowledgeable, actively engaged citizen of these United States.
Our children deserve to be human before they become soldiers.
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