There is no doubt that virtually every adult wants to see schools succeed, for when they do, education flourishes and our children grow to be happy, healthy adults who have a better grasp on the world around them. Pretty simple.
Unfortunately, the state of the US school system in many districts and states is deplorable. Not enough funding, poor classroom conditions, overworked, underpaid teachers. And, yes, those teachers that are past their prime, or teaching when they should be in other fields. It happens.
The idea of charter schools, like private schools, was to provide a more stable environment for our children. However, proponents demanded that state funds be used for these charter schools, and little oversight has been demanded. The situation in Washington State points out just where some of the major flaws are, as brought forth in “Sex, Lies, and a Charter School.”
The funding of charter schools in Washington has been overturned by the Washington State Supreme Court. The court’s order essentially states that without public over-site, charter schools do not fall under the fair-meaning of a “common school” and are therefore not “public schools”. Based on that, they are not eligible for public funding.
The promise of charter schools to provide quality education is a noble goal. Reducing the funding to our existing “public schools” and leaving them incapable of providing that very same quality of education because funding is going to a select, small group of charter schools is not a noble cause.
Education has to be the cornerstone of building our community. The freedom of critical thinking allows society to move forward, out of the stagnant morass of our forefathers mistakes, to grow as a whole, as a family, and as a culture. Without the inspirational creativity that comes with quality education we are lost.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensely and critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Albert Einstein added:
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
At what point in our own educational evolution will these seemingly simple but truly profound statements return to our halls of learning as a regular occurrence?
Every day is a step towards our children’s future. Unfortunately, some day’s it’s a step backwards. i wanted to be a teacher to help children, to better my community and to instill a feeling of pride and accomplishment in their souls and to guide them from their youth to young adulthood. Some days I know I was successful. Other days i know that as hard as I tried, I couldn’t make a difference.
That hasn’t stopped me from mentoring and working with children in our community or adoring the love of my own wife and children. Life is a process. It’s a gift. It’s the best we’ve got.
What are your thoughts for reaching the children in our own hometowns?
My book, Sex, Lies, And A Charter School has been published and is doing quite well as readers find the story of Jacoby White, who leaves corporate America behind to try and make a difference by teaching and mentoring inner-city youth at a charter school, to be exhilarating, frustrating and amazing.
White’s desire to make a difference drives his emotions. Little did he know that he would be the one taught an invaluable lesson!
As for myself, I’ve got much to add and much to discuss, so please read along as I do a little of both!