The Real School

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 10, 2018

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The Real School

 

I have been a special educator for nearly three decades. I have attended dozens of conferences and read professional publications but none of them really capture the truth of a modern school. So here they are; the ugly truths of one of our most important public institutions. The actual ratio of teachers to students is 1:25. There are less than 1.5 hours of free play, art and music included within an academic day.

The role of the instructor has been nearly extinguished by the addition of personalized learning programs. By the age of 7 most children can reprogram a lap top; but cannot add, subtract or tell time. Students are no longer required to use cursive and cannot form a signature. They believe what they see on You Tube and cannot discriminate between opinions and facts. Their attention spans are limited to seconds rather than hours and the methods of correction must be carefully used with parental input.

The teachers are punching bags to the inconsistencies of poor administrative practices. Purchasing over 90% of their supplies. The education leaders have rarely if ever attended public schools but have free reign to make policy. Despite these alarming statistics, we return each day. Take a breath, greet our children and try again. We believe in educating the whole person to become a citizen of the world. Trying to use the strengths to address the weaknesses; and insistent upon the use of manners. We accept them for who they are with our unconditional smiles. We are teachers and this is the “real school”.


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