And it?s achievable. But it won?t happen unless teachers focus on instructing students, instead of confusing them. They?ll also need to involve parents in their child?s education, rather than alienate them with incomprehensible jargon. They need to really teach if we?re going to improve our education system.
But instead of learning how to manage a classroom and educate our children, as The Washington Post reported recently, our teachers are learning to ?vertically articulate,? ?differentiate instruction,? and ?give authentic, outcome-based assessments.? Whatever all that means. This has combined to make today?s educational system a race to the bottom.
As a nation, we spend about $454 billion on K-12 education?an average of $9,458 per student. That?s a lot of money.
If we expect to see a return on that investment, all of us?parents, teachers, students?have to be able to understand what instructors are saying, and what they?re teaching.
It?s time to shelve the ?edu-speak.? As Disraeli said, we use words to govern. We can?t afford to make it all but impossible to understand what those words mean.