To whom it may concern, at The Board of Education,
I feel cheated, used and degraded, by the education I received from the American Board of Education.
How egocentric are we as a nation….. to focus strictly upon our own history? Furthermore, how mundane are curriculums that don’t properly divulge history before the European invasion of 1492…..?
20 million Native Americans occupied this land, before 1492. Yet, even during my college history courses, very little was ever spoken about this time period in American history. (A time period rich in conservation and becoming 1 with nature….)
With that in mind, it seems obvious as to why xenophobia is becoming such an issue in the United States today. Are we so cynical as a nation, so proud as a nation, that we cannot focus on; South American, Russian, Australian, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese, Native American and European histories?
Einstein once said, history is the most important class in general education…….
Einstein also said, that he was discouraged by the mundane nature of public schools, as he applauded the importance of imagination……. Granted, Einstein was taught mostly from European institutions, his point rings true today…… How is it that an education system remains stagnant and mundane, decade after decade……? How is it that science and technology change every single year, yet our students are still learning in the same monotonous fashion as they were 50 and 60 years ago? Are we so closed minded as a nation, as to think that we can’t evolve the sheer process of learning itself?
I myself can attest, that after reaching graduate school, post college graduation, that I often couldn’t even string together proper grammar, for some years after college. In many ways I still struggle with grammar today, due to my disdain for the monotony, which has all but destroyed America’s public education system.
As an American student myself, only 5 years ago, not only was my education insufficient….. but the mundane and monotonous form of teaching that is so common in America today, almost turned me away from reading entirely.
It was not until I discovered philosophy, ON MY OWN, when I truly began to break the surface of what I was capable of as a student….. And even then, I didn’t fully grasp the capability of my mind until I began searching for answers on my own, through science, physics and philosophy…… In hindsight my time in American public schools nearly ruined these subjects for me, as opposed to igniting the desire to explore the fields of science and philosophy. Furthermore, at no point in my public education was I ever inspired to truly grasp the wonder of my imagination.
The standard practice; memorization, memorization, and more memorization, taught me nothing. I learned almost nothing memorizing answers for teachers, who often times asked, that I simply repeat the views they themselves held. While I will admit, some of my public educators did in fact take the time to motivate me as a child, most did not. In fact most of my teachers growing up pushed me away from learning altogether, due to close minded and rigid styles of practice, administered by the US Board of Education.
For this reason, I can also attest first hand that CHEATING is becoming a crippling issue in American public schools today…. This is a practice, that I believe is an offset of outdated education techniques… Cheating in public schools is something I think has long been overlooked by the U.S. Board of Education!
I believe this is occurring, not because of technology…. but because of the rigid and close minded parameters of an education system which no longer rewards thinking or imagination, but simply focuses on memorization and fact checking!
It felt so cumbersome, to memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat, because today’s American classroom is so mundane and monotonous!
Not only that, in high school, my school commenced far too early in the morning!
My school started at 7:15am……. Well, after waking up at 5:30am, waiting for the bus at 6am, arriving to school at 7am and missing breakfast due to time constraints…. I was half awake most days by the time 1st period rolled around…. How are we to spark the minds of students, as adults, when teenagers in high school can barely stay awake!
These are but a few of the complaints I have, regarding American Public Education today. I hope this letter is carefully examined by the Board of Education. Furthermore, I hope this letter finds someone who genuinely CARES, because this is about the students who will one day lead this great country of ours….. At the root, the very core of our country, is the U.S. Board of Education…. and it would seemingly be unforgivable to corrode another generation, the way my generation was corroded, through mundane and outdated public education today.
Thank you for your time.
An Open Letter To The Board Of Education