Tuesday, December 27, 2011

On leaving children behind.................

WRM suggests its time to rethink the Bush era leave no child behind law.  I have always thought that as a society, and as parents, we have asked schools to do things that they are simply not capable of doing.  Oh, and by the way, don't you dare discipline my little angel.  And then we wonder at the results.  Full post here.  Excerpt here:

"We need to be a little bit more honest with ourselves. Schools didn’t cause America’s biggest social problems, and schools can’t cure them. A public school doesn’t take in sow’s ears and put out silk purses; a school inevitably reflects the strong and weak points of the society and culture around it.

"A neighborhood of weak families will rarely have strong schools. School reform is important and we have a long way to go, but until America finds ways to address its broken homes, we will not be able to fix our broken schools."

1 comment:

  1. This is right on. My head spins when I analyze all the things we now expect our schools to do: Teach, feed, counsel, keep children in school until graduation, screen for health, screen for vision, screen for hearing, clothe. . .