by Grand Forks Herald
September 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm in Grand Forks Herald
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This type of out of the box thinking is what the Charter School movement was supposed to foster. Unfortunately, excessive regulation (more often than not authored and supported by the teacher’s lobby) has thwarted much of their potential.
There is also the culture of the community: school is from 0800-1530 M-F from August/September to May with two weeks and Christmas and one week in the spring off. It does not matter that the traditional school schedule was designed for an agrarian society, of which most of the country is not. It does not matter that there are many proven ways to increase student retention and involvement, ways that save school districts money, but are routinely rejected by parents who are unwilling to make the necessary changes to their schedules. It does not matter that a high school diploma is almost as worthless as the paper it is printed on in terms of earning a living wage. We still conduct K-12 education as if the high school diploma is the stopping point for the majority of the population, instead of treating it for what it is: a stepping stone to college or vocational school.
I applaud the effort, but since it does not fit into the “it was fine for me so it is fine for them” mentality that is so pervasive in today’s culture.
It is little wonder the US is being marginalized by the rest of the developed world. Like Rome, we are rotting from the inside; refusing to change to meet the times.
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“It does not matter that the traditional school schedule was designed for an agrarian society, of which most of the country is not.”
Maybe in agrarian states. But in cities public schools were fashioned to create the perfect factory worker. Obey bells, be on time, listen to authority figures, march in line. It’s still true today, althugh factories are pretty much dead.
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