The American public have no real understanding of how education works, yet each person has an opinion of how education is not working. The fallacy of this concept is that the same people who are making the decision for education have never, themselves, been educators. Unfortunately education has become intertwined within the arena of politics throughout history, and quite frankly, there is no system in place right now to correct this. I am witnessing every one of the Republican nominees for President stating they are going to remove the National Department of Education as is it not working. When asked why they feel this way, so far none have been able to answer me (or they did not reply to my question). In my opinion, they can’t answer this question because, just like the general public, these people have no idea what the National DOE actually does. This is not their fault, since I won’t assume to know what every national agency does. The fault lies in their trust of organizations who want to promote an agenda and the National DOE is in their way. It is these organizations that elect a President or demolish a candidate.
Continuing my synopsis, I believe we need to truly consider a redo for education. Not in the traditional manner of argument and say we need to keep up with the times, I believe we need to look inside our own history and realize we made a mistake.
As part of my education, I have been looking at how to develop a model that works. What is wrong with our model right now is that we have 51 different models and no true way of assessing a value. Most every culture has moved to an assessment type system, similar to NCLB, without the punitive damage that NCLB offers. A major problem with the American culture is our competitive nature of absolute victory or else, and this in my opinion is part of the reason NCLB is a failure (more to come on this another time). With this in mind, what really needs to occur is to develop a true model of national education, similar to France or Japan. We need to offer a national standard, and make sure that all students are taught these standards. We measure this by having a national test administered at the end of each year and we validate the growth of each student through this model. This means that the each State developing its own test is removed, and that also means that the true measurement of each state can be defined through a nationalized test. Many people wont want this, since it infringes on State’s rights, yet within the field of education, State’s lines need to be crossed and we need to develop all students fairly and accurately and not compete with artificial and deflated models.
To do this, the United States of America needs to become United and we need to accept education for what it is. The advancement of our peoples toward an elevated State of understanding to be better citizens, employees, employers and leaders. This also means that we need to enforce this system into Public, Private and Home School type systems so that the playing field for everyone is fair and equal. There is a lot more development to my argument, yet with this starting point, I want everyone to know that change may be hard, yet unless we are playing on an even setting and are all given the same opportunity, we cannot know where the change is needed or how it can be developed further. I believe strongly that until we have a United Education system where we teach the same information across all 50 States and we are evaluated the same across all 50 States, we will not continue to be the world power we assume we are, and we will continue to have the 1% rule the 99%.