Our public education system encourages mediocrity instead of mastery. It creates unimaginative, unreliable, multiple-choice test takers. This must end.
Our children need to be challenged with a demanding curriculum that inculcates accountability. They need to understand that effort is the key to success.
Sadly, our educational system does not impart the value of hard work and responsibility. Instead, misguided, overly indulgent parents attempt to control teachers and administrators, who strip rigor from the classroom for fear that parents will complain.
Students receive a superficial education focusing. They have multiple opportunities to complete assignments, and they pass without mastering basic reading and math skills. Learners with below-basic skills are put in the same classes with gifted students, stifling the progress of both groups.
Teachers are demoralized due to their inability to teach rigorous content, lack of administrative support and indulgent parents. Misbehaving students control the classroom.
Parents must allow their children to stretch and grow, and fail; failure teaches children to cope, recover and succeed.
Administrators must evolve from politician to educator; students and teachers need strong leaders who will do battle for the cause of learning.
And politicians must realize they are not educators. Require the state’s chief educator to possess public classroom experience. Leave the work to professional educators, not politicians.
Ruth Ann Hinson