Perhaps society would be better off if the government stepped back and recognized that parents are the primary and best educators of their children?
If there is not a clear idea of what we want students to learn, and the character formation necessary to learn it, education will be powerless to do anything to improve society.
Thomas Jefferson’s idea of public education is a far cry from the system we currently have. So how did this revered Founder envision public education?
A multi-age approach to education combines students of various ages in one classroom instead of separating them into graded classrooms. This approach practically vanished in America due to the influence of Horace Mann in the mid-1800s.
So what makes a good teacher? A 1908 document entitled “The Teacher’s Catechism” suggests that continual self-examination by a teacher is key.
We may very well need to do an “about turn” with the American education system.
Are today's education problems a direct result of less parental involvement and more control from educational institutions?