Changes need to be made in education
According to a Wall Street Journal editor, America’s K-12 public education has gone from No. 1 in the world some 30 years ago to No. 19. This should give us all a concerned wake-up call, for a country is only as good and as strong as the quality of education it offers its young in at least four areas.
The first is safety. No student can focus on learning when he or she lives in threatening surroundings, and that includes the home, streets and campus classroom.
The second area is pleasantness and refers to friendly relations between students, teachers and the community. It also includes the physical plant.
The third area is interest, which is vital in keeping students in school and is nurtured by smaller classes, individualized curriculum to some degree, good resources, field trips and pragmatic world of work exposure.
And a quality education program must be holistic and teach students how to democratically solve problems, access reliable information, assess values, think critically and arrive at accurate conclusions.
It must include subjects from the basics to how to form wholesome relationships and how to take care of themselves (health, self-defense, finances, feelings and sexuality management) and our planet.
The writer is a minister/counselor.
Timothy Hume Behrendt