By Wanda Parker
There are few adults in America who wouldn’t agree the education of our children is in dire straits.
One of the few times the Republicans and Democrats worked together was to set up “No Child Left Behind.” And yet!!!! Children are still being left behind.
Why? I believe it is because we are always looking for easy answers.
The government has set teachers up for failure. Teachers are forced to teach so kids will pass tests – not so they will learn. I know it would appear that if a kid has passed a test that s/he has learned. But true learning is much more than input in-input out.
After school programs who receive government funding must sustain a certain level of attendance that has nothing to do with what is actually happening with the kids. Tutors are so driven by the numbers game they forget their own education on how children learn.
True learning involves understanding and the ability to think critically – something politicians seem to have difficulty doing. When will people truly care about the children and provide them the type of education they need?