TO: “The Board of Education.”
FROM: William Larsen IIIrd
To whom it may concern,
I often feel cheated…. by the public education system.
How egocentric are we as a nation….. to focus so much of our curriculum, solely on post Revolutionary War history? Furthermore, how mundane is curriculum that doesn’t 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? And why is America’s public education system…. 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 growing, within our society today. Which then makes me wonder, “are we…. so cynical as a nation, so proud as a nation, as to not educate our students on other 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……. Yes, Einstein was taught mostly from European institutions, however, his words echo today…… How is it… that our education system, remains stagnant and mundane, decade after decade? Science and technology continue to change, every single year, yet our students are still learning in the same monotonous fashion, as they were 50 and 60 years ago. How closed minded are we as a nation, as to not evolve the sheer process of learning itself? (Gamification?)
I myself can attest, that even after attending graduate school, I still make grammatical mistakes, literally all the time. Furthermore, I believe that this is due to the monotony, which has derailed American public schools.
As an American student, only 9 years ago, I can attest that my education was insufficient…..
The standard practice of; memorization, memorization, and more memorization, taught me almost nothing.
While I will admit that a few of my teachers growing up, did take the time to motivate me, most did not.
Furthermore, I also believe that cheating is a major problem, in American public schools today… I also believe that cheating is an offset of mundane, as well as outdated, public schooling techniques, more so than dis-ingenuous pupils.
To be clear, I believe that cheating is occurring, not because of technology…. but because of poorly structured and rigid testing methods, based predominately upon memorization.
It felt so cumbersome…. to memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat….. memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat….. memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat….. memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat….. memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat….. memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat….. memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat….. memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat….. memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat…..
So, I hope this letter is carefully examined by The Board Of Education. This topic is very important and the education system impacts the teachers and students, who will one day lead this country of ours….. Furthermore, I also believe that at the roots our country, is The Board Of Education…. So, for these reasons, it would seem almost unforgivable to corrode another generation, the way my generation was corroded, through mundane and outdated, public schooling methods.
Thank you for your time.
-William LarsenAn Open Letter To The Board Of Education