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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • The problem with education is the system

  • A report card about the Wayne Highlands School District which was discussed Monday night shows progress is being made by students.
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  • A report card about the Wayne Highlands School District which was discussed Monday night shows progress is being made by students.
    The report was based on the No Child Left Behind law which remains in place.
    It is good news that students in Wayne Highlands are doing well. It shows the system appears to be working.
    But there is a bigger problem which needs to be dealt with — and that is the law itself.
    By 2015, the law states that all students in all schools in America have to be proficient in the four areas of study — math, science, reading and writing.
    That is an impossible goal.
    There is no possible way 100 percent of students in this country can be proficient in all of these subjects.
    Tim Morgan, the assistant superintendent at Wayne Highlands, made some very interesting observations during his presentation about the scorecard.
    "You have to start from a point of truth," said Morgan.
    That might be the key to education in general.
    The circumstances of each child is different. Some come from wealthy families and have all the tools necessary when it comes to education.
    Others come from broken homes where drug abuse is involved. Others are abused themselves.
    Most come from somewhere in the middle.
    The problem is you can't just rubber stamp education.
    For some students, earning a passing grade is a major achievement and should be rewarded. For others, they strive to make straight As and go to a university.
    A single shoe can't fit all students — nor should it.
    Sadly, the issue of education has pretty much been on the back burner with the politicians who set policy. They are too busy fighting about nonsense and don't, or won't, realize that without a good education system, nothing else will matter.
    Page 2 of 2 - You can have the largest arsenal in the world but if you don't have people smart enough to operate the systems, it does not matter.
    Education must be the top priority if anything else is going to work.
    Sadly, it appears that is just not the case.
    It remains unclear what kind of wake up call it is going to take in order to make that work. Will it be sinking so far behind the rest of the world that it just becomes obvious? Will it be an economic collapse because we don't have people smart enough to handle the economy?
    It should be none of those, however, what should happen and what actually does happen remains to be seen.

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