Thursday, June 26, 2014

Once again our education system is divided

Education has been on my mind lately. After the Core Curriculum Standards starting rolling out, three states have announced they won't be applying that curriculum in their states. My state of residence is one of them since this past year when the governor announced this news. These three states have stated that the cost of implementing the standards came at a financial toll. Also, many parents and teachers were unhappy with the new methods to calculate math problems. Apparently, parents were having a difficult time grasping the new concepts when they sat with their children and went over the material.

As if that wasn't enough, the states that opt out of implementing the standards now have to spend their resources developing their own curriculum. The benefit to the Core standards was that it eliminated this financial and physical burden, but somehow the leaders of these states have decided that starting new was a better deal than adopting an already established standard.

Just as we thought that our education system was going to level the studying field across the nation, so that what applies academically on the west coast applies on the east coast and other directions as well, we have states and their political leaders breaking away from that goal. Reading through the headlines, there are now other groups that have surfaced to try and fix whatever they deem is wrong with the education system. A new group gas recently founded by a former journalist who is campaigning to end tenureship at public schools and encourage the charter school system throughout the nation's schools. So now we have the national education system split three ways: those that have adopted the core curriculum standards, those that want to pave their own path, and those favoring charter school setups.

This means that all of the past decade's efforts to improving the public school system has failed. Where the goal was to unite the public school system so that all children, regardless of race, creed, socio-economic status received the same education, especially if they moved from one side of the country to the other. Once again, we are divided, uncertain, and jeopardizing the quality of education our children will receive.

Think of the impact this will have on our children. When adults can't seem to agree on a basic educational curriculum for whatever agenda, it shows our kids that their education is not a first priority. This is the message that our children will internalize and it will impact how they perform on a local, national, and international level. 

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