Collecting books, opting out of testing and college preparation, are all noble efforts to make education in America better.
Collecting books for students who have learned to hate to read, opting out of testing when you know it makes as little difference as preparing for college when you are not taught to sign your name, will not change the failure of our current system of education.
Attitudes and perceptions make all the difference in the world when it comes to education.
The perception of parents towards education. Are they educated? Did an education help them succeed in life or are they still struggling even though they graduated from high school?
The perception of children towards education. Do they understand and believe that getting an education is advantageous?
The perception of teachers towards their students. Do they believe that some children are less educable than others? Are they dedicated to the profession or is this something to do until a real job comes along?
The perception of the public. Do they believe that classifying children as “disabled” instills the confidence in children they need to succeed in life? Do they believe that making children ride a bus for a half hour before school begins helps them to be better learners?
The American public knows that our current system of education is less than efficient and effective in providing all of our children with an excellent education. We know that some children in some schools receive fewer opportunities for success because of their parent’s income status. We know that some children are undeniably discriminated against because of the cultural heritage or because they are seen as less than educable because of some physical condition.
With all that we know, it is curious as to why Americans are so reluctant to change our current system of education so that it actually provides every child in America with an education that is developmentally appropriate, founded in the Arts, experiential and concentrated on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens.
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