From the Nevada Journal a speech given by Senator Ann O'Connell, she said: "How do we Americans begin to understand the problems we are experiencing today with our educational community and with our system of education?" ....She goes on to state that we can look to find the answer to these perplexing question by going back in history to Napoleon's defeat of the Prussian army in 1806. Once you look into the history of the Prussian Educational system a startling revaluation comes to pass: Are we teaching American Citizens or training Prussian Serfs? Answer: Training Prussian Serfs.
To further quote the above speech: " The Prussian system may seem familiar to Americans in that it demanded compulsory attendance, national training for teachers, national testing for all students (important because it gave the government the ability to classify children for potential job training), national curriculum set for each grade, and mandatory kindergarten. MANDATORY KINDERGARTEN WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE IT SERVED TO BREAK THE INFLUENCE OF THE MOTHER OVER THE CHILD THUS MAKING THE CHILD MORE RESPONSIVE TO GOVERNMENT INFLUENCE."
What is going on in the schools? What happened to the celebration of children's unique talents? And what happens if the entire structure of our schools breaks down? It seems to be doing that right now. Kids are being arrested for absurd things, thanks to Zero Tolerance Policies. Parents are being arrested at school board meetings. Children are crying and even wetting themselves during testing. Parents and children are frustrated over home work.
The cost to American's can't be measured in just dollars. While the economic cost is monumental: (source: Ed.gov) Total expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools in the United States amounted to $638 billion in 2009-10, or about $12,743 per public school student. These expenditures include $11,184 per student in current expenditures for operation of schools; $1,182 for capital outlay (i.e., expenditures for property and for buildings and alterations completed by school district staff or contractors); and $376 for interest on school debt. Expenditures are reported in constant 2011-12 dollars, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).... All the while the lack of results for the dollars we spend is catastrophic. Why do I say catastrophic: Because it is not teaching people the critical intellectual skills which are crucial to making economic and political decisions for themselves.
What is the answer....I mean, its hard not to agree that our schools are in need of help...Look at this email I got from Utahns Against Common Core: I know many of you have opted out of Common Core SAGE tests. However, if your child took the SAGE test and you have seen your own child or are aware of someone else’s child’s behavior affected negatively after taking the SAGE test, please contact me immediately. This will be completely confidential but we need to know exactly what’s happened with children around the state who have taken this test and exhibited any sort of troubling behavior. In New York, children cried, stabbed themselves, sucked their thumbs, vomited, and some were hospitalized. (Source to back up this claim for their information on kids in New York: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/25/common-core-testing-makes-children-vomit/ )
Seriously, why is this happening? What do you think? Is their some plot? Is this just the natural progression of a revolution? Is that what is happening? Did WE parents wake up and say: No more...without realizing that in order to change the School System we must change the ENTIRE system. Why do I say this: Because this is nothing new. It has been going on for years...the only difference is that when you add in Zero Tolerance, an Anti-Bully movement, and the Internet...you finally get people saying: Nope, no more...This isn't right! Please Listen to the following presented by SchoolSucksPodcast and Written by John Taylor Gatto, 30-Year educator who quit after being nominated Teacher of The Year.
One thing I will ask of you all is to let go of all the noise, let go of all the propoganda and ask yourself: Is this School System Working for My Child?
Then ask: What is best for my child?
Let us pretend that you say you want to home-school, but you are scared....Don't be...there are many, many resources. You would be surprised.
If you answer...I am not sure...Too much noise in my head...Then do something: Watch both FOR and AGAINST Mandatory Schools...That at least will give you a bigger picture. If you are looking for resources you can go to: http://schoolsucksproject.com/
And a Pro-Common Core: http://www.corestandards.org/
So Thought of The Day: Do you believe that we can Save our Public School System? Do you Think our Public School system is doing the Right Thing with Common Core? Do you think that its a good idea to start school at age of 4 (new push) And that we should do away with Summer Vacation (New Push)? If you are a young person, are you thinking of home-schooling your children? If you are Against Home-Schooling....What is your Logical Argument against it?
As Always...Comments are welcome, just leave a first name (any-name) and a comment. :)