Filling in the Bubble (The New Educational Standard)


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???

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Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing with an E. African team that is developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

5 thoughts on “Filling in the Bubble (The New Educational Standard)

  1. Definitely something I think about. My daughter only being 4, but a decent proper educational environment is so important on many levels, beyond the bubbles. She is very intelligent too, however I see in her what all children carry (distractions) and feel the same way about teachers, not enough to go around, and wonder how ONE can concentrate upon one child in a group of 20. ~I’ve discovered a resource of online public schooling, because beyond the learning experience as a parent I’d like to know where she is at, and also have her enjoy other learning aspects (museums, science centers, hands-on, etc.), but still maintain focus in general. ~ I was going to place her in preschool, however, the “teacher” could not provide to me anything more she could teach, that I haven’t taught to her already, and she maintains so fresh in her mind. The only other thing, is “social” skills, and definitely something she does not lack for. The online public school does also integrate this into the whole experience, with field trips/activities brought together with other youngsters and even graduations (remarkable)
    …lol realized how much I’m writing, YOU got my mind flowing in other directions! 🙂 ~ Thanks for sharing this writing of yours sweetie! 🙂 ~April

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  2. tough words…there is something wrong with our education system and only getting worse with budget cuts and over crowding this year…as long as they pass the test…ack.

    rosaria (lakeviewer) did a wonderful series on this recently.

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