But, Scott, the parents were all raised and educated in that same flawed and outdated system, so the majority of them will not want to really change it. It feels comfortable, and the constant drumbeat of the unions convinces all but the most motivated of parents to simply give up and let the schools alone. Their children are suffering, but it will take more than calls to gut the system and start over to get them to see.
A better solution is to get as many children into alternative educational opportunities as possible. Large philanthropic organizations need to be encouraged to support innovative and child-friendly private schools, especially in poor urban areas. As more and more children are given the chance to succeed, they will become the enlightened parents of the next generation, which is where the real and lasting changes will happen.
Finland has taken this road, more individualistic guidance, finding and nurturing each students' talents and likes. They are now #1 in the world for scholastic achievement because of their new methods.
As long as we have compulsory education that has the underlying goal of child care as one of its main features, schools will always have students who don't want to be there. A significant number of parents see public education as a child care system with some academic features rather than the other way around. They become upset when the school schedule inconveniences them by letting students out early or having vacation periods. Maybe the thinking of the public needs to be changed first, and the system will change in response.
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