Academic Success

“We are creating a one size fits all system that needlessly brands many young people as failures, when they might thrive if offered a different education whose progress was measured differently. Paradoxically we’re embracing standardized tests just when the economy is eliminating standardized jobs.” – Robert Reich Former US Labor Secretary.

I tend to think the problem of academic success has more to do with how we see and define success than students meeting some questionable standard(s). When our educational system finally gets its priorities straight and clarifies how it defines success,then maybe student and teacher performance will have meaning. When schools focus on tests, grades, time-based performance, govt funding, tenure, retention, politics, crowd control, security, rather than learning, decision-making, relevancy to the real world, values, principles & interpersonal relationships and teacher merit, success will look different. When schools make their values their priorities, there are no obstacles,just opportunities!

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