US states, local governments plead for new 'No Child Left Behind'

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tymann wrote:

I teach in Rialto, CA. I work with a credit retrieval program that helps students to make up for moments of bad decisions and bad judgment. The Rialto USD tries hard to prepare students for the next step both academically and vocationally, but the problem is bigger than that.
In America, learning has suffered from prolonged exposure to education. Education is simply the venue through which we funnel that which we feel needs to be understood by common man in order to consider him enlightened and properly cultivated. Over time, those concepts valued for learning have changed so dramatically that the well-informed man of today would not be recognized by the proponents of modern education, much less the founders of classical education.
The fragmented thought of modern man has taken on roughly the shape of a porcelain vase. Anything vague and amorphous poured into the container will take the prescribed shape, but the surrounding structure can be shattered with little effort. The reason for this fragile framework is because of the fact that we no longer stand on absolutes. In my opinion, our lack of universal absolutes is what brings this country closer to the edge of oblivity than ever before.
Dignity and freedom were once the cornerstone ideals of the free world, and education was the capstone that held together the belief that something better was yet to be achieved. Now that nothing is engraved in stone, education has become a windsock inflated by prevailing winds and pointing toward whatever that wind has blown past. The free education that our country offers has become worth what we pay for it. Sadly, the hidden cost has been our viability on the world market of thought.
I am writing observations without suggesting solutions because there may not be any. On the world stage, we are a political and social joke to many. The inevitable implosion of our house-of-cards economy only seems less absurd in light of our mood-ring system of values and morals. Education in America cannot long survive when fundamental definitions change with the winds of popularity and endless gratuitous self-gratification.
Tyler Manners
Rialto USD

Feb 05, 2013 1:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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