The critical commentary on schools does not mean teachers and administrators are at fault. There are many good, even wonderful, aspects to schools. Human beings in all their variety display talents and abilities that astonish, particularly in extra-curricular areas. Adult can recall teachers that changed their thinking and lives. Teachers work hard and give of themselves for their students. Some are absolutely superb.
That said, it’s not good enough. I don’t mean we have double our efforts. I mean we must rethink schooling, its practices and its results in totality. We live in a new era of expectations and promise. The school model can’t be tweaked sufficiently, even with more money, to meet 21st century requirements.
Present school subject design established over 100 years ago and is mostly unchanged. It assumes mastery of school subjects will assure a critical thinking, active citizen. It’s not working for most.
Many students in elementary but even more in secondary schools are disengaged and find their classes irrelevant to their lives. Some are pushed out, some drop out and many simply endure the day.
Study after study shows that schools do not use modern principles of learning