Let’s Talk About This!

Is it even possible to turn things around in our public education system?

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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

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I would say it comes down to three huge problems. Teachers are underpaid and many times overworked, schools are not given enough staff and resources, and state wide mandated testing (and similar all encompassing programs) are used to determine the viability of a school as a whole. The fact that all students are different has been completely overlooked and the need to meet each students individual needs is no longer the priority. I think change needs to start with less money to big corporations and similar bailout type situations and more money to America’s schools. They need to bring back cut programs like music and art and move away from STEM programming…yeah I said it…but realistically our students are no longer becoming all encompassing, well rounded individuals when they are only learning math and science.

A huge change like this isn’t even viable in my mind until they stop basing funding on these all encompassing grading systems and start providing more money to schools based on what their individual students, programs, and faculty require. Small movements may be the start but we can’t depend on one dedicated life changing teacher in each school that fights for their students and job around the clock, to start a viable movement. The problem is much larger than that. It is a sad situation and frankly I love the model of a combo of public school and home school program because it allows me to control what my future child’s education will look like and it gives me the chance to fill in the gaps that public school is missing. I don’t want my kids to end up in the situations that I was put it in public school for being different than the median population.

I believe your comments are all valid, and I would add a couple of points. Teachers are often cowed by their administration into implementing programs they know won’t help their students (your point about less money to big corporations), and administrators both don’t know enough about what’s happening inside their classrooms and don’t know how to use the internal assets they already employ.

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