Are Our Children Learning What They Need to Know for a Future of Success?
Are Our Children Motivated and Confident About Their Future Opportunities?
Education – Finding Solutions “Outside the Current Public School System”
The discussion of today’s effectiveness of our educational systems can bring worry to those of us that understand the future of our country is in our current students’ hands. Without a proper education, these children will not be prepared to live productive lives and protect the freedoms our forefathers lived and died to ensure for all of us.
According to recent test scores from a recent ACT test, our high school students scored about 5% less than the average of other schools within the state. According to The Payson Roundup, the school district made changes in the testing programs just prior to the Pandemic, which makes it difficult for the school district to determine the exact progress made by our Payson students in grades 9-12. The ACT test is the current test that Arizona is using to test performance of these grade-level students.
Teachers are an integral part of student’s success. Having students learn from a computer placed in their hands does not promote creativity, classroom participation and social integration. Another statistic presented to us from ABC, found that 70% of people felt that education is top of the list of important criteria for the future. Only 28% of Americans have faith in today’s school system.
Vocational direction is key to the success of our students. Excitement for life can be found from a student that understands his value and has found a direction for his future. Sharing ideas for opportunities and providing training through mentor programs is a positive alternative for students moving into their next phase of life possessing a positive eye toward his or her future.
As an ex-schoolteacher, myself, I have seen how motivated students, who are ready to step into their next life adventure, provides a sense of well-being and enthusiasm for life after graduation. The money provided for each student’s education should be directed toward the goal that fits the individual student. Vocational counseling, including skill testing, can be a very helpful tool.
If the student is not prepared adequately with basic knowledge like, reading, writing, and math, throughout his total education process, it is no surprise he faces issues after graduation. These basic skills are vital to independent living. When we see so much homelessness and drug use around us, we must question whether our students are getting what they need from the current system they are provided.
As far as knowing their basic rights, given to us by our Creator, and protected by the country they inhabit; it is my belief that removing the Pledge of Allegiance, daily prayers, and actual American history classes, students are not learning how lucky they are to live in a country where personal freedoms are respected. I hope to see such vital knowledge returned to our classrooms in the very near future.
Payson is a beautiful, nature-loving community, where students should grow up enjoying the land which God has provided them. I hope to see our children educated properly, with a bright, fruitful future ahead and excitement for their own achievements in life.
Thank you for reading.
By Debbie Foster
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