posted on April 19, 2010 07:25
Yes, laying-off teachers will leave our kids in crowded classrooms without adequate guidance, but the problem is not as simple as, “saying no to cuts”; we have to “say yes to reform”. Restructuring the System from the ground up, starting with how we view the principles that guide our education system is the true beginning to educating our kids.
I think a short film that depicts kids being run through our school system on conveyer belts, as if they are computers or cars would better illustrate the issues we face. Picture this… a factory floor with teachers attempting to fasten and secure math, grammar, history etc. onto kids as they whiz by each teaching station. Only to be evaluated by some sort of MRI computer that weighs and measures their brain activity at the end of the production line before they’re released into the world. Meanwhile, the background is inundated with sounds of arguments between the Administration, Union Leaders and Politicians as they fight amongst themselves in the 2nd story mezzanine that overlooks the factory floor. A film that illustrates the 19th century thinking that dominates our education system might have a greater impact on telling the true story why our children are left unprepared to be productive adults.