Two Thoughts on Correcting the Public Education Madness:
1) The Right (conservatives) and now Obama, are too invested in this testing movement, have too much momentum, to be able to back away without acknowledging a mistake. Doing so is political suicide, “waffling” or whatever.
Anyone who wishes to steer this political beast must find a way to redirect this monster without risking its public humiliation.
You must find a way to change its direction in a way that is incremental, in a way that allows them to “save face.”
Or you must launch an all out guerrilla offensive and take it by force of numbers through protests and public civil disobedience.
2) I have written much about the loss of the family, the loss of local control, and the loss of our children to technology toys (as babysitters and companions to fill lonely hours).
This morning I realized that even if we addressed these issues, the problem with the entitlement and attention deficit character of our modern students/children has to do with FAITH also.
Not Religious Faith, but faith that the effort (to do anything other than what they are doing) means anything.
It used to be enough incentive for many kids to say “study hard and you will get an ‘A’” and “Get ‘A’s’ and you will get into a good college,” and “Get into a good college and you will get a good career.”
This succession is no longer valid…and the children know it…we must find new ways to incentivize our children to learn under the new cultural rules…the rules governing attention, social interaction (between teacher and student, between child and parent).
See this amazing video on this latter point:
This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.
For more information on Sir Ken’s work visit: http://www.sirkenrobinson.com