The fix-it manual for education is a complicated document written by numerous authors, most outsiders to the field of education. It seems that everyone has an opinion about what is wrong with our educational program today, its teachers and students, but few have solutions that are organically designed to meet the needs of the student population we currently teach in our nation's public schools. The current focus of education is on results, as in test results. The powers that be have deemed it the sole measurement for students' success and when the scores don't add up, the finger of blame is pointed squarely at teachers. I have been teaching for 32 years and have seen the pendulum swing back and forth many times. I have observed what works and what does harm to young students and in my experience there are five necessary steps to success.
- Start Young. Early Education is a fundamental factor to children's school success and funding it adequately gives more children a chance to learn curriculum, early skills and about the world of school. Smaller class size has a profound impact on both classroom dynamics and the amount of attention a teacher can give to students and by reducing class size in kindergarten-3rd grade to 20 or less, and grade 4-12 to 25 or less we could see a dramatic improvement. Private schools and privately funded Charter schools provide this. We cannot compare public and private schools until the class size issue has been resolved and the scales are even.
Our government and its representatives must own these suggestions and form working committees to dedicate time and energy to developing a funding method that begins with our youngest students, limits class size, educates parents, compensates educators, and provides the support needed for all students including those with special needs. Only by providing this, will our educational system have a chance to be fixed and our students a chance to succeed.
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