George Washington said: The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail.
We are failing educating our youth. Period. I work in Higher Education, and am invested in helping students reach their potential and help them realize and discover what they are truly capable of doing. Society demands capability, personality, character, and capacity from graduates at any university. But what of our youth – the youth that will be here in 5-10 years? What about those who are teaching our youth? If we expect to have the same know-how from our posterity, shouldn’t we be investing time, energy, and resources for the development of our youth? Most, if you pose this argument, would shout YES! But then most would get stuck in the details of ‘how’. How will we work this into our budget? How will be able to provide more with less? How can we ensure quality education? What does quality even mean? Where should we focus our efforts?
Over time, I have come to learn that every state, every community, every individual school HAS DIFFERENT NEEDS. Creating a standard is not a problem…standards should be created as something to obtain. But expecting all states, all communities, all schools to need the same rules and regulations is diminishing and deflating the actual needs to help YOUR CHILDREN and YOUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN.
It is a sad day when lack of funding gets in the way of allowing quality education. Some may have seen a recent campaign in the Education world featuring teachers in Oklahoma who quit after demanding more funding for schools. While there exists a lot of hub-bub about their decision, and endless commentary and dialogue on the history of ‘how did we end up here,’ could we please start to focus on the ‘now what’ aspect? We need to focus.
I will say this, the moment we fail our teachers is the moment we fail our children.
Here is the video to help spur some thought: