TO: “The Board of Education.”
FROM: William Larsen IIIrd
To whom it may concern,
I feel cheated, used and degraded, by the Public Education System.
How egocentric are we as a nation….. to focus, so much of our curriculum, on our very own history? Furthermore, how mundane are curriculum’s, that don’t properly divulge the history of our land, before the European invasion of 1492…..?
Did 20 million Native Americans not occupy this land, before the year 1492? Why is American General Education, so devoid of this period in North American history? (A historical period rich in conservation and becoming 1 with nature….)
With that in mind, it seems obvious, as to why xenophobia is a growing issue, within the United States today. Are we…. so cynical as a nation, so proud as a nation, that we can’t educate our students on worldly histories?
Einstein once said, history is the most important class in general education…….
Einstein also said that he himself, was discouraged by the mundane nature of public schools and henceforth applauded the importance of imagination……. While it is true that Einstein was taught mostly from European institutions, his words continue to echo today…… How is it that this 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 even after attending graduate school, I still make mistakes with grammar. Furthermore, I believe this was due to the monotony, which has all but destroyed America’s public schools today.
As an American student only 5 years ago, I can attest my education was insufficient…..
The standard practice of; memorization, memorization, and more memorization, taught me nothing. I learned almost nothing, from memorizing answers… I recall, this was especially true of teachers, whom often times asked, that I simply repeat their own personal beliefs, on test questions.
While I will admit, a few of my teacehrs did take the time to motivate me, most did not. In fact, most of my teachers growing up, pushed me away from learning entirely.
I can also attest that CHEATING, is becoming a major issue in American public schools… This practice, I believe is an offset of outdated teaching techniques… For this reason, I believe that cheating in public schools, is something that has been long overlooked by the Board of Education.
I believe this is occurring, not because of technology…. but because of rigid and closed minded parameters of an education system, that no longer rewards imagination. This system has to evolve, because the current system is too focused on simply memorization and fact checking!
It felt so cumbersome, to memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat….. In fact, this outdated style of teaching, nearly ruined the concept of “learning,” for me entirely.
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….. And I believe at the root, at the very core of our country, is the Board of Education…. It would be seemingly unforgivable to corrode another generation, the way my generation was corroded, by mundane and outdated public schooling. Let’s make a change.
Thank you for your time.
An Open Letter To The Board Of Education