Teach you say?
There are three main things in life that I truly believe every human being on the face of this earth, in every country, boy or girl, deserve to have:
*Freedom to think and speak their mind
These are just basics. Unfortunately these three items are not available to many – even in countries like the US.
But for this post, let’s just talk about education. In the US, education has become a luxury item for the rich and wealthy. From daycare all the way up to college. If you have money, you can afford the best.
Many of you who grew up in the US, however, will say that you went to public schools and that you did just fine. Just like my husband, who now is a public school teacher. The only difference is that if you graduated right before 2000, you were not subjected to all the wonderful testing that has encroached on the system.
I’m not here to debate standardized testing because I can tell you as a fact that it’s a waste of time for the teachers, the students, and for the schools. It helps exactly 0 people. You can argue with me until the end of time on this and I know that you are wrong and I’m right.
I’m not just sure about this, I know about this. Hint: it helps being married to a public school teacher and seeing first hand what he goes through on a daily basis.
And it breaks my heart. It’s yet just one more reason I don’t want to have a child and don’t want to put it in an education system that thrives on testing from kindergarten to 12th grade. If I’ve learned anything in life is that tests teach you nothing about the real world. Not even for working in the real world.
All I’m going to add for now is to watch this segment from the John Oliver show that aired this past Sunday. He summarized it all so very well, better than I ever could. So sit back, relax, take a break, and just watch.