This is a mighty big topic to cover. Over the past two weeks I have started several blogs, but finished none – as my failure to publish reveals. Every time I think I have a handle on a specific topic, I run into another issue or roadblock.
I think this clearly reflects the current state of education!
A few weeks ago I discussed Finland’s education program and success. Although some of the elements of that program could be implemented here, others cannot. I’m also sure there are elements of programs in other countries that could be successful here.
But guess what? Nothing is accomplished by the never-ending studies of one country’s educational program versus another’s. There are just too many variables!! But the topics certainly make good headlines!
Sadly, I believe that politics has taken over education just like every other aspect of life in these United States. I have noted previously that the Founders left education to the states. At the risk of repeating myself, this is a fact that cannot be stated too many times. Our Founders knew that education was best left in the hands of those more closely associated with it.
Where and in whose hands is education today? In Washington, D. C and the U. S. Department of Education. And what is the primary element that determines what happens at your local school? Money.
If the school wants to provide specific programming, they must be able to pay for it. Additionally, the program must meet the requirements as determined by the U. S. Department of Education. Oh, they can implement the program on their own without federal approval as long as they can pay for it themselves while not interfering with any federally mandated programming.
Unfortunately, there never seems to be enough money to operate our public schools. Our elementary children become door-to-door salesmen and women before they enter second grade! I just received a flyer advertising an elementary school challenge to sell mattresses!
Recently I have been shocked by some of the programs being implemented in American schools. It’s okay to require sex education for kindergarteners, and it is also okay for American students not to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Isn’t sex education, especially for five and six year olds, a parental responsibility? And what has happened to our country that makes it okay not to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? This smacks of indoctrination, not education.
Unfortunately, parents have become so comfortable and trusting of the role of the public schools that the damage is done before many even realize what is happening.
I do not blame the public schools for what has happened. I do blame the political system in the United States. The politicians want to control everything. And some of them want to control our behaviors almost from birth. Where better than in the public schools?
We have accomplished a lot in this world, especially in the United States. Our country when compared to others in the world is very young. But look at what we have accomplished! And most of it was done before the U. S. Department of Education was created by President Carter.
Somehow we need to get education back into the hands of the local people.