The problem with education and how can we fix it

The problem with education and how can we fix it

From Amsterdam News:

Written by Clarence Williams, one of our very own instructors in our Administration Program

It seems that the American educational system is in a perpetual state of reform. Everyone agrees that current and past systems do not work, yet every so-called solution is another dead end. With each new sales pitch, textbook or academic initiative comes the same frustration. Our children are failing. PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment, states the following: “The most recent PISA results, from 2015, placed the U.S. an unimpressive 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sponsors the PISA initiative, the U.S. ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.”

In repairing this broken system, we seem to be very clear on the what, somewhat fuzzy on the why and clueless on the how. This system of teaching and learning was not designed to serve the diverse population, social conditions, and the multitude of learning challenges we face today. Throughout my career as an educator and educational leader, one of the questions I am often asked is: How can we build a curriculum that will satisfy the needs of such a diverse population with varying degrees of academic exposure? I believe this question is at the core of our educational dilemma.

Now depending on where we are on the political timeline, that question could be answered differently. If we were in the Industrial Age when our current education system was modeled after factories to produce the American workforce, the answer would be simple; either you succeed or drop out and get a job.

If we were living in the era prior to Brown vs Board of Education, the solution would be, deal with the resources you have under the misconception of “Separate But Equal.” The modern era gave us No Child Left Behind.

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