When a school doesn’t provide what you think it should for one of your own, it’s an easy call. You want to take action. You want to see something done about it.
When you have great schools, it’s hard to take the time to think about the effect underperforming schools have on you and yours. But give it some thought. An under-educated society costs us all. That is why, as a civil society, we need great schools for all. But that fact has not yet motivated us to act. Education reform requires personal sacrifice from us all. It starts with each of us making a conscious choice to act and depends on us finding or creating the opportunities to do so — big or small.
As a nation, we have serious problems to face.
No Child Left Behind (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – ESEA) cemented the direction of education “reform” without bringing to the table those who understand the needs of our communities and our children — the real stakeholders — the People.
That federal law combined with our financial wrong turns as a nation and the misguided reforms of the last three decades has brought public education to a crossroads.
Choices must be made.
Provide standardized education for the masses with personalized instruction for the lucky ones and those that can afford it, or, provide equal access to quality education?
Allow teaching to become another low-wage trade, or, remain a profession with a standard of practice that we can continuously improve upon?
Put our education dollars into the pockets of private investors, or, invest in supporting and strengthening the institution of public education?
Continue to follow the current pretenses of reform, or, solve our problems?
Rise up, people. Embrace the solutions.