Posted on May 2, 2011 by therealmotherlode
Is your child struggling in school? Or do you know a child who is struggling? You are not alone. Rarely does a day go by that I do not hear a story or get an email from a frustrated parent because they are watching their child struggling in school.
Chances are good it’s not your kid’s fault. Our one-size-fits-everyone models are desperately failing our kids. The elephant is in the room but no one is talking about it.
Only now we must. The kids that *have* been able to work within the confines of the system are graduating and moving on….to massive student loan debt and a job market that’s been offshored.
Google “student loan debt” for an eye opener. It is said the student loan bubble that is coming will make the housing melt down pale in comparison. Read the bitter comments from kids who say I got good grades. I did everything I was supposed to do. And know I have $100,000 in student loan debt and I’m unemployed. And this from kids who “succeeded” in school! There are untold numbers of others who processed through the system who will end up on our welfare rolls or in prison as they lack any marketable skills, much less the ability to think or reason. I can’t imagine the hopelessness these kids must feel. The system that was said to prepare them is…betraying them.
Back in my nursing days, I observed that many times folks don’t want to go to the doctor until something DEMANDS attention. They ignore the little pains until it turns into a big (and more costly) pain.
If you’ve got a 3rd grader who is struggling or a 5th grader who hates school, may I suggest you heed the early pains sooner than later? And here’s a hint…I don’t think it’s your kid that needs to go to the doctor.
Education reform is more imperative now than ever before.
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Posted on April 30, 2011 by therealmotherlode
The following is a letter to the editor I submitted to the Independent Record today. My guess is they won’t run it. What a glorious day we live in that the former gatekeepers in the media are no longer the only game in town. So I publish it here.
Parents, we’ve been sold downriver. And the betrayal will continue if our current school board and Bruce Messinger are left unchallenged in the upcoming school board election.
Jobs, poverty and public welfare are all tied to our schools. And our schools are failing. Times have changed and their insistence at maintaining the broken status quo is to the detriment of our kids.
The icing on this nasty cake is the school administration’s ongoing refusal to work with parents beyond addressing us with placating doublespeak as though we’re the village idiots.
We are at a crossroads in history and I believe education reform is the civil rights movement of this century. It is clear from this session that as a state, Montana is not open to reform. (Thanks to the deep pockets of lobbyists.)
The outrageous campaign efforts on behalf of Planned Parenthood for the incumbents further indicate where their interests lay. (And their manipulative radio ads using the voices of the children chill my blood.) Never mind declining academic performance; we’ve a lot of social engineering to do!
Reform must begin on a local level and I can’t think of a more urgent need anywhere than here in Helena.
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