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Shaking Up Public Education: One Teacher’s Quest to Make a Difference in Our Schools

Our public schools are failing the youth of this country. How can this be? How can a country so rich and powerful have a public school system that ranks below countries like Estonia and Hungary? Ronald Reagan once called America the “shining light on the hill,” but that light is fading fast.

Our country has debated educational reform for decades. Why are these problems getting worse? The answers are found in the erosion of the core fundamental principles that are needed to create successful schools. The foundations of our public schools are cracked and ready to fall. We cannot move forward and implement new ideas until we secure our foundations. Once we are on firm ground we can begin to rebuild.

This book will explain the complexity of the problems we face, but more importantly, it will focus on the practical solutions. Many of the solutions will infuriate the political pundits, but will resonate with parents and teachers everywhere. Individual teachers and parents feel helpless as politicians and administrators wave their magic wands and pass harmful policies and legislation. These are OUR children that comprise the public school population. The political and social elite continue to neglect our public schools while sending THEIR children to private institutions.

We must join this fight together before it’s too late. If we continue down this road I fear for our future generations and the impact a poor education will have on them. We can cover our eyes and pretend the problems don’t exist. We can look the other way and hope others will solve the problems, or every parent and every teacher can make their voices heard and demand change. Teachers and parents may not realize it, but they hold the power to force an educational revolution. Together we can save our children and the future of this great country.

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The Foundations of Our Public Schools Need Repair

I’ve read and listened to many innovative ideas on what needs to be done to improve our schools. Integrating technology and bringing our children into the modern age of education. How education is advancing and the models of old need to be replaced. There is certainly a lot of validity in many of these ideas.

However, I like to compare it to picking out new wallpaper for a house that has such a severely damaged foundation that it is ready to crumble. Before we discuss the pretty wallpaper we would like to use, let’s secure the foundation first.

The old saying that the inmates are running the prison can be applied to many of our schools. A school CANNOT function without the proper learning environment. I am not advocating the return to corporal punishment and silence unless spoken to. What I am recommending is a rebirth of discipline and respect. I discuss these issues in detail in my latest book, Shaking Up Public Education.

Americans are known for their independence and out spoken points of view. We want a nation of leaders. We do not want our children to walk in lock-step with everyone else. We want them to be self-confident enough to question leadership and challenge authority. You can’t tell me what to do, I’m an American.

These are certainly admirable qualities but the pendulum has swung too far. Parents have gone from demanding that their children be held accountable to their first-line of defense. Our respect for authority has diminished to the point of, “How dare you accuse my child of doing something wrong.” instead of parents telling their children, “How dare you do something wrong.”

The word disciplinarian has become another word for child abuser. Discipline now has an evil connotation. If you discipline children you must hate children. If you hold children accountable you are unfairly punishing them.

You discipline a child because you love and care about them. You hold them accountable because you are teaching them that their actions have consequences. I would argue that people who don’t discipline are the abusers. They are encouraging destructive behavior that is harmful. Properly disciplining children is tough work. It’s much easier to overlook the behavior without inflicting any consequences.

This all relates back to our schools where lack of respect, violence, and bullying have all risen to epidemic proportions. It is time the leadership within our schools demands accountability from the student body. Authoritative teachers need to be praised for their commitment to creating an environment where learning can occur without disrespectful behavior. Praised for creating an environment where no child fears for their safety.

Lack of discipline and accountability are the rote causes for our school failures. Make no mistake about it, until these problems are addressed, success can never be achieved.