Even though they are a popular (and safe) scapegoat, what the Fraser Institute does isn’t near the top of my list of priorities. I don’t care that much about what they do over there, and neither would the public if we just stopped talking about it.
Seriously, please stop.
As people responsible for public education, we have more important things to focus on—like children.
Let me go even further and declare that any problems we have in public education are not caused by the Fraser Institute, and what they do should have zero influence on what we do, or don’t do, in our public school system.
It’s time for those of us involved in the public education system to start taking responsibility for all aspects of the system. A collective look in the mirror, please.
The groups entrusted with our educational system seem to have adopted blaming and moaning as the main strategies towards improving our children’s education. Such role models!
This prevalent culture of complaining is both destructive and shameful and needs to change. Quickly. If there’s a list of reasons why people are losing faith in our public system, you can go ahead and put that on it. Near the top. Certainly higher than the existence of private schools.
Speaking of private schools, let’s stop complaining about them as well, and focus on the things we can control. If we’re not able to “compete” with private schools, then let’s focus on why that is and do something about it. Where’s that mirror again? The attitude of throwing out the measuring stick because some kids don’t do as well as others is negative and defeatist. I want to hear visionaries, with positive plans to propel those kids to the top! I’m tired of all the Debbie Downers. Where are all the Positive Pauls and Inspiring Ians?
I know there are unique challenges in public schools and I’m not focusing on teachers here. These challenges aren’t insurmountable, though. And, anyway, when did challenges become a reason to embrace second-best?
We need to stop complaining and start focusing on positive goals. Don’t tell me we need more money for that. Don’t tell me someone else needs to do something before you will. Tell me (or yourself) what you can do to improve public education: today, tomorrow, and into the future.
From here on in I vow to do my best to rise above the rhetoric and focus on positive change. How about you? Will you be part of the solution?
Because it’s not going to be found in finger pointing and complaining.