By now, if you are a student, you are headed back to school. Parents have a certain expectation for the quality of the training from public schools. There are educational standards to which all learning institutions must adhere in the United States to insure your student is ready for the world.
Yet, even with the standard specified criteria, where one aquires an education is as important a factor as what one is taught. What is your school teaching and what is your student learning? It is not the same everywhere.
Many, who have made a recent visit to Denver public schools, will observe a noticeable difference in how things are done in the schoolyard 2012 from past school days. School administrators can choose to employ some individualized tactics to reach their pupils.
Their tactics indicate who they are and who they perceive their students to be. From pre-school and elementary, to high school and college, there is a certain approach that teaches students beyond academics.
For example, consider what would be more appropriate for the first day of elementary school. Here are two choices: blast rap music over the PA system into the school yard with the principal doing DJ on a microphone or play the national anthem and lead children to recite the pledge of allegiance before starting class.
Expressing displeasure with the choice of rap music garnered an explanation from the teachers that this music gets the attention of their young students. Would playing Mozart Symphony 41 over the PA system get the children’s attention as well and teach them something about classical music?
Aren’t schools, by definition, for the purpose of educating the child; elevating their standards of life and broadening their intelligence? The right idea in the wrong place is a mistake.
The rap music choice from the administration of that elementary school was tantamount to an insult to those parents and students. It put them in a certain category.That choice labeled their students and perhaps limited the education and future expectations of their students. There is enough rap music on the radio and in the air waves to influence the young mind; to the point that a first grade student in Aurora was expelled for singing the lyrics of some rap commercial.
Do parents want to embrace rap music and support its disparaging influence in the school environment? Is it a reflection on race relations in Denver that one administration would use this approach to reach your child while another would find the choice repugnant?
To start the school day with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem was once the standard. Did Americans learn patriotism from saluting the flag in our schoolyard? Could there be a generation of children who don’t even know the lyrics to the National Anthem? Would that matter in their character or their attitude?
Parents know that depending on what school your child attends, beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, students receive a cultural education, an attitude adjustment that comes from the neighborhood and the community and the administration where they attend school.
Personal expectations and individual motivation comes from the school environment.
What is your school teaching your child and what is your child learning about themselves?