I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our education systems in the US. Learning. Schools. Standardized Testing. Inequalities. Priorities.
I wonder if my children are getting the kind of education they need to be happy, successful adults who contribute their skills (whatever they may be) to society. Will they be encouraged to explore their world? Will their interests in the arts and science be stifled because they are forced to learn how to fill in a bubble on a test form to answer multiple choice questions? Will they challenge themselves to find the answers to questions they have about the world rather than just waiting to be fed the ‘answers’? What more can I do to ensure I raise lifelong learners who challenge themselves and the status quo and pursue their interests with unabashed passion? If I were to decide to homeschool (for instance), would I be capable of doing it well or for long?
What have our ‘No Child Left Behind’ efforts done to stifle, rather than improve learning and innovation? Does our standardized education system put our children at a disadvantage in a global world? What has the lack of focus on science, engineering, technology and the arts done/what is it doing to our economy?
Basically, I have a lot of questions. I can’t pretend I have the answers, but I’ll continue to explore the options and ideas. I’ll continue to support my children’s education (in the broader sense, not the bubble filling sense) as best I can, for as long as I can. We’ll see where it takes us.
Here are a few Ted Talks from some great minds to get you thinking – if you so choose: