David Sirota wrote a piece on how the “reform” movement is full of it and how poverty is the true thing to blame for our falling school system:
He makes a good point, but I don’t think we can just blame it on poverty as well. Low social economic status does greatly affect the education a student gets but I think everyone: teachers, parents, and taxpayers, myself included need to take on the responsibility to make a difference and empower our children to be successful.
As a nation we need to step up and look at what is happening. Since the implementation of No Child Left Behind our test scores are on the rise but also cheating and teaching to the test is more prevalent as these high stake tests become more important. We are losing classes that teach arts, creativity, and exploring. There are many facets that need to change in our educational system and there isn’t one magic bullet to fix them all. This is why I am want to create supplemental tools and resources to help parents and children become empowered and enable the student to be the most successful, innovative individual that can make a future difference in our society.