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Failures in education begin with parents and expectations

Sep 3, 2013 - John A. Boesch Jr., Riverton

It is policy not to hold back a student that fails to meet a passing level of proficiency, therefore what is the incentive for the student that is failing to work harder?

Some students are lacking in character, some have to work harder to achieve a passing level. About half the students are in class to learn, and about half are only putting in their time. The teachers are doing their best to educate, but they are handicapped by directives that have been forced on them because some committee a long ways away thinks they are good goals.

We are not all equal in talents. Some students have an academic talent, some have other talents that are equally beneficial to society, but the ability to bring out the talents is suffocated by the directive that all students shall meet certain standards. This forces the teacher to teach to these standards and ignore the abilities of individual students.

Common Core is the latest directive to be the supposed cure. Common goals for all seems to be a worthy cause, but is it practical? We are not providing a full education to our students in K-12, and even in our colleges.

We must lay the blame at our own feet. Our society has learned to always try to blame failure on somebody or something else.

The changes are dramatic from what I experienced in school during the 1940s and 50s. Our classes were a mixture of abilities, as they are today, but poor grades were a cause for embarrassment, and a student could be held back if necessary.

Therefore, a student worked hard to at least get a passing grade. There was pride in being able to graduate with the class the student started in.

Today pride, self-reliance, and character are lacking in many, and it is my opinion that this is the fault of poor parenting and the lack of society's expectations.What have you done to build a better society?

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