Government Funds Promote Failing Secondary Schools
People say stimulus money simply creates new layers of bureaucracy that prolong broken secondary school programs. My question is: How will the White House Campaign to Promote Science and Math Education support teens to climb new mental peaks? Will successful schools proliferate through fast growing charters?
President Obama’s recent announcement to help high schools excel in science, technology, engineering and math should bypass broken secondary schools that resist growth.
Could Stimulus Funds Help Current Teen Crisis?
Fortunately these White House initiatives will bring in innovators such as MacArthur Foundation and technology industries that offer prizes for innovative video games that teach science and math. However, what about fears that government initiatives do little to address the crisis of teacher quality? Poor secondary school curriculum leaves far too many teens in crisis situations.
Often, I walk through poorly funded and well-funded high schools that look more like they were crafted for yesteryears, that rewarded misplaced high school teacher priorities. Mark S. Schneider, vice president at the American Institutes for Research, expressed concern for many of us, that White House initiatives have, “,,, nothing to do with the day-to-day teaching.”
Funds used to Protect Teachers Tend to Neglect Teens
While bypassing stagnant bureaucracies that protect teachers and neglect teens, why not take advantage of the novelty that stokes brainpower, in this White House initiative. Let’s capitalize on working memory that holds only a few new facts at any one time, by supporting less memory work and facilitating more active engagement. That would be a first step to higher motivation and achievement for all teens.
Too little money is not the problem with education – in spite of what those who lead broken schools suggest. Renewal runs deeper than money and growth often pays for itself through mind-bending leaders who risk change.
Teens Come to Class Brimming with Talent and Leave Empty
In contrast, the rampant unchecked anger and frustration felt in many secondary school communities literally robs a community’s currency such as creativity, talent, and innovation. Teens come to class daily with amazing mental resources such as natural drugs of choice for turbulent times, and multiple intelligences. Secondary teachers possess outmoded skills and so are unable exchange students’ lived experiences into dividends that will fund their futures.
Regardless of age or background, renewed teachers could spread generous doses of encouragement that alters the brain’s chemistry through tone tactics and through increased serotonin or decreased cortisol. It’s more about finer school vision, than lack of teen talent, that prevents teens from competing well in science and in arts.
Toxic Secondary School Communities
After years of hearing about toxic work settings in secondary schools, I have finally given up on most public systems. We hear leaders admit need for renewed approaches, yet then go on to say they see no hope for learning renewal because of policy snares. From one you hear about outmoded state demands, from another it’s blamed on parental apathy. In most, it’s really a failure to recognize the brain’s keen ability integrate what works well – with what teens need to reboot for a fast changing world.
Filled with tenured, but tired faculty – today’s broken secondary systems cannot or will not lead teens forward for finer performances. If renewal is meant to race teens to the top, as the White House claims, it will need to draw from more robust brainpower than today’s demoralized secondary school teachers who seem content to cover content, for even a cat covers its content as one frustrated parent put it. It’s no longer my belief that rejuvenation can be found in bloated, broken systems. Some will continue to support flawed approaches that resist change like cats run from fire. Hopefully others will join the White House campaign.
Risk Renewal that Reboots Teens’ Brainpower
- It’s time to step bigger and risk solutions outside pools of prevailing thought that leaves too many brains behind.
- It’s time to create stimulating settings where stagnant systems no longer grind teens through outmoded rules that hold back innovative engagement. Many youth could even help lead change forward, and all can engage many more of their unique intelligences to offer mind-bending solutions to current problems.
- It’s time to run past cynics who rewire brains daily to kill incentives and time to rev up brainpower that prepares teens for more peak performances beyond their schools. Let’s enable leaders for a new day in learning, one that hooks complex facts onto ordinary experiences for brilliant growth.
- It’s time to rejuvenate brainpower beyond the mental snares of those who resist innovative approaches to move teens’ intelligence up a notch today. Rather than wasted efforts to reclaim lost high school brainpower, it’s now time to bypass low-performing schools and build a better approach where teens can win.
- It’s time to redirect youth past educational organizations that protect bureaucratic barriers, and race them beyond stubborn bureaucrats that refuse to reclaim brainpower for learning and growth. Let’s shift approaches, not merely add time to already wasted school days. Hopefully the White House initiatives will not lead more of the same and expect improvements, as Miami low-performing schools discovered.
- It’s time to rebuild trust and power-up innovations such as those who are joining forces to sponsor and promote math and science. To enhance success for teens is to offer new hope in ever changing worlds that have already bypassed broken secondary schools.
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