While the adults are talking…parental involvement in education

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A new movie out called The Cartel presents the very sorry state of education in the U.S. The film criticizes teachers unions, tenure and concern over superintendents contracts using the Garden State as a backdrop because it tops the nation in per-student spending.

Like most problems, the initial reaction to low scores and high school students that don’t know the alphabet or basic multiplication is to throw money at the problem. Is there a correlation between the incredibly high property taxes in NJ? While we weren’t watching, the focus shifted away from education and toward politics. Even in my little town of Nutley, NJ when someone gets a job in any capacity in education the question is “Who do you know?”

That single question clearly presents the problem. If we don’t have the right people in the right jobs, education will continue to decline.

For the big picture, fixing this underperforming system will require that parents rally together and become advocates not only for their children, but all children.

But in your little world, remember it is the job of educators to teach our children to count the seeds in an apple; as parents it is our job to teach our children to count the apples in a seed.

What do you think will help? Please leave a comment.

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1 Comment »

  1. pshanfileti said

    I see parallels here with the healthcare crisis. Education is such an ingrained institution, the way things are done is encased in bureaucracy and systemic inefficiency. Ditto for the healthcare system in this country.

    To my way of thinking, the solution is not at the individual child/patient level, but in the system itself and the underlying motivations that drive the machine. I’m all for an overhaul of the institutions themselves if the result is some form of improvement.

    As pointed out in the video clip from The Cartel, less than 25% of high school students being proficient in 8th grade math is not acceptable. I know we can do better than that.

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