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American education is in peril because of unwillingness to evolve the model.
First, we have to accept the fact that it’s broken. Completely broken.
After over two decades in education, we’ve seen too many travesties in my profession—kids dropping out of schools, teenage pregnancies, students in juvenile detention, teachers burned out because of the “more with less” mentality, and decreased involvement from parents and communities are just the tip of the iceberg.
These problems create a cloud of uncertainty in individual and community prosperity; parents, bureaucrats, and business leaders scratch their heads in disbelief as these trends increase year after year.
Their growing fear begs for relief.
Although some schools in America have found partial success, the overwhelming majority of public schools earn a failing grade in academics, which generates a whole new set of concerns:
- At what point does standardized testing become a burden to students?
- Why are traditional school years only for ten months when the research favors year-round schools?
- Why do foreign countries excel in STEM-related professions compared to the United States?
- When will the United States regain its title as leader of the world in Math and Science?
- Why can’t economically disadvantaged students flourish relative to their affluent peers?
- How will we engage students better in the classroom and get them off the streets?
- How can we empower the teachers to transfer their knowledge to student-centered learning?
Recreate this broken system
Unless we all take a stand, unite our resources, and recreate this broken system, the future for the US will remain bleak, and those families struggling in poverty will rise in our country and the promise of jobs will travel overseas.
Now I’m calling on you to join me on my second journey: Blank Check: Re-creating America’s Broken Schools. If you see what I see, and dream what I dream, the outlook can transform from dreary to promising and fulfilling. That is what Blank Check entails—the promise to view teaching and learning differently. It follows the efforts of an inspired educator, funded by a wealthy benefactor, who leads a team in creating a wholly unique way of teaching our children, giving them hope once again.
Let’s envision this re-creation together
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Let’s stop failing the most significant resource we have: our children.
I thank you in advance and look forward to taking this journey with you.