Public education is failing.
Government-run schools are hurting kids and families. Let me give you an example.
Although statistics say that 55% of all students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are eligible for California’s public universities, what this really means is that 45% are graduating with a less-than-C average.
That means nearly half of all students aren’t passing.
High school students, roughly aged 14-18 are:
- failing tests
- not completing assignments
- aren’t progressing from year to year
Most significantly, these hundreds of thousands of students are finishing their “schooling” without the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the real world.
It’s a waste of their time- and our tax dollars.
Are these students failing? Or is the bureaucratic, union-controlled system failing them?
Innovation is Key
Unfortunately, although the United States excels in innovation in many products and services, there is a lack of innovation in education.
And that’s despite thousands of extra dollars per child being spent.
Worst of all, the public education system does not reward quality educators.
Watch this video for a powerful example of this kind of failure.
It highlights the story of Jamie Escalante, the brilliant math teacher who taught at Garfield High School in the 1980’s. Escalante’s ingenious approach to education and commitment to his students produced an incredible number of math whizzes. In fact, when he was teaching, one out of every four Hispanic students who passed the AP Calculus test in the United States was one of Escalante’s students.
But instead of being honored and replicated, Escalante’s skill, creativity, and talent resulted in his downfall.
Escalante’s excellence as a teacher and fame caused his colleagues to be resentful. The teacher’s union voted him out of being the head of the math department, and Escalante left the school as a result.
Again, the school failed the students, and it failed a brilliant and exceptional educator who could have changed the system.
The public education system does not reward creativity and innovation. And we’re seeing the results in public schools today.
We need to take a creative, innovative approach to educating the next generation. Or we will continue wasting millions of tax dollars and failing millions of young students who need to be raised up, educated, and prepared to participate constructively in society.
What do you think? Write me at Craig@craighuey.com.