What is Happening to Common Sense in Education?


I had a conversation this week with Sean, the man who visits my property quarterly to spray for carpenter ants. We often talk about education due to the fact he knows I was a teacher and he is an involved parent. On his most current check out, he told me about a playground at his son’s college that cost $ 30,000 to develop a handful of years ago. It was lately bulldozed over. Why? Simply because somebody had gotten a splinter. And now they are looking to raise the cash to develop a new playground at a price of $ 60,000. Huh? Could not there have been a less pricey resolution? Sean had 1. He and the other fathers offered to give up their weekends to sand the wooden parts of the playground and cover them with a plastic coating so that no youngster would ever get a splinter once more. A logical, widespread sense solution it would appear. But it in no way occurred. He and the other fathers had been told they could not do this operate since it conflicted with the custodian’s union. The custodians could not do that work simply because they did not have the time. So alternatively, the complete playground was knocked down!

Sean also described a excellent program they had every morning in his oldest son’s school exactly where all the students gathered collectively for twenty minutes in the morning to go over the issues of the day. His son loved this morning meeting and absorbed all sorts of information in this less standard element of the day. He stated, “The knowledge just sneaked in.”  The principal cancelled the morning meeting due to the fact it was taking away from the standard curriculum. The little ones had been devastated. Parents protested, students wrote letters but the principal decreed that she was the boss of the college. She made a selection she didn’t want to alter. Once again I ask, “Huh?”  I understand the pressures on education but please, let’s use some frequent sense and conclude that if a plan is operating, it’s worth keeping in place.

When is frequent sense coming back to education? Our politically correct, litigious society is taking more and far more away from the education of our students. School districts are taking physique mass indices (is that truly their business?) although taking physical exercise away from the children at recess simply because they don’t want anybody hurt. The higher college I taught at went from physical education each and every other day to just one particular semester a year. Teens only require physical activity for half a year? Where’s the typical sense???

Music, art, and some of the trade courses are getting taken out of schools so students can concentrate on passing tests that truly only measure how properly they listen and read. These are wonderful abilities, to be certain, but they are not the only ones needed for good results. We need our artists, our entrepreneurs, our tradesmen. They are integral components of the fabric of our society. We are weeding out the courses that for numerous students are the only purpose that school is worth attending. With our outsourced society, we vitally need the inventive, hands-on artists and craftsmen a lot more than ever to produce the new items and organizations our nation depends on. Alternatively these extremely talented kids are being beaten down by a college atmosphere and testing structure that makes them really feel less valued.

It’s time now to contemplate adding back those programs and enhancing the school climate with programs that teach and support the whole student as he/she prepares to live life in our extremely complex 21st century globe. Now doesn’t that make sense?