Social Commentary

Much to do About Education

In Education System in America on September 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

My background…in brief 

I am a former teacher who taught in an inner city school system for nearly ten years.  I am no longer teaching due to a physical disability.  However, I will always be interested in the education system.  It’s just in my blood.  My mom is a retired teacher, my sister is a teacher, and I have many friends who are teachers.

Needless to say, over the years, I’ve had many conversations with family and friends about the pressing issues that are affecting our schools, today. The dialogue is often fueled by frustrations and comments like, “It doesn’t take a rocket science to figure it out…”

This week, many conversations have been going on about the failed educational system in America.  NBC’s Education Nation initiative has sponsored insightful forums and roundtables.   Even Oprah Winfrey has gotten in on the action, engaging in dialogue with players from the much buzzed about movie, Waiting for Superman.      

The conversations are getting exciting out there.  But my question is, where was Superman when President Bush and his supporters were making a bad situation worse with the mandated No Child Left Behind?  Back then, I wish someone would have created a documentary called Every Child Left Behind–catchy title, isn’t it? 

A ton of money is being thrown at various school districts across the nation by independent donors and/or corporations.  This is an admirable attempt to make a difference in the lives of students across the country.  But, will these monetary attempts to fix a broken system only serve to put a temporary fix on an enormous problem?

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