I don’t usually merge my literary stuff with my editorializing but this one is too good to pass up. This is a reprint of an article I wrote. Satirical in nature but too true.
I’m inspired by a conversation I recently had with a former dean of a university. He told me that children decide if they are college bound in the fourth grade. Interestingly enough, that is the age I decided to go into health care and I started studying hard to become a straight “A” student.
How do we inspire this generation to learn when all they are challenged to do is learn to take tests? We are doing a fine job in teaching children through high school how to fill in bubbles. Is that a life skill now?
I have two children who are incredibly intelligent. The way they addressed the bubble page was like a game. “How can I make my bubble sequence create a pattern or look like I was trying to answer intelligently?” They both helped keep the school’s averages up by filling in the bubble in a pretty pattern. Fortunately,my children were challenged at home to take in life, to read, to learn.
What happens to those children who have no learning standard at home from no fault of their own? There aren’t enough teachers to go around. I guess the option is to outsource our entire country to other countries. Other countries have stayed focussed with education. They have taught children to fight their way up the ladder and to achieve success by applying knowledge not mediocrity. What are we waiting for???