4/29/07

Education in '08! SOS?

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As Melinda Gates' saying, is it possible for an inspiring leader to solve the education crisis? or is it possible for a couple of billionaires to save the education problem in trouble? If the No Child Left Behind Act is fixed like teachers' demand?

My answer is in the negative. Of course, there is a little bit room for improving the education problems. But the key to the solution of that problem is not in a hero or in a system, but in teachers and parents. I have seen lots of kids suffering from the unqualified teachers and indifferent parents. How could a hero or a law, even if excellent, save the kids spoiled in school or home? On account of the law, have the frequent school-shootings happened? It's nonsense.

Teachers seems to attribute the education crisis to the related law saying like "We are educating the fill-in-the-bubble child." I wonder there is no mention about the teachers themselves in the
survey on NCLB. I think their self-reflection should be done first. They should have mentioned about like "What efforts they have made and how to improve their qualities for school kids."

To survey the actual conditions of education, I went to the Palm River Elementary School in Florida in 2001. (At that time, I worked in the education part of a newspaper company.) I was completely moved to see the devoted activities of principal Mrs. Lillian Wagner. Even though in poor surroundings, the school grade had risen from D to A due to the passions of the principal and teachers. I still remember her saying about a teacher's quality. "A good teacher is a warm-hearted person to love kids and tries to invest a lot of times in developing teaching materials." said she.

What does that mean? The answer to the solutions which teachers are looking for is very simple, not complicated. YOUR SCHOOL KIDS ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWER!


Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy


The writing above is my comment on the article of MJ Call , an Emmy award winning former television news producer.

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