School reform is a constant challenge not a present crisis. Change is part of progress and our education system must be at the forefront of change as it is the primary public institution responsible for the future of our nation. The post secondary education system in the United States is internationally regarded as highly effective, yet often is not publicly praised by media or politicians. Continually criticized is the public K-12 system. Perception can lead to reality, so let’s stop the blame game politicians use to get our vote. Let’s stop exploiting our children in order to place fear in parents to gain ratings for our news show. We must implement necessary reforms in education, but we must also change faulty perception. Let’s not be persuaded by political campaign strategies and news with emotional spins.
I do not personally know one parent who is dissatisfied with his or her child’s education. Why not? Because there is room for parent involvement in a child’s education in the U.S. Parents have rights to teacher conferences, to view assignments and feedback, to see test scores, to read standards for every required course, and even to speak to the principal. Are there problems? Yes, but our education system isn’t failing. Our society is changing and therefor our education system must keep up with the social changes.
We must not tolerate twisted facts for emotional appeals when it comes to our children’s education. Education is a key that opens doors. The door then open, is open for posterity.