An Open Letter To The Board Of Education

By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views”  – November 2015 –

To whom it may concern, at “The Board of Education,”

I feel cheated, used and degraded, by America’s 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 becoming such an issue, in the United States today. Are we so cynical as a nation, so proud as a nation, that we cannot educate our students properly on world 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, as he 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 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 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.

Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University

As an American student myself, only 5 years ago, I can attest, that my education was insufficient….. My education was mundane, with a style of teaching that is so common in America today. In fact, public school almost turned me away from reading entirely.

The standard practice; memorization, memorization, and more memorization, taught me nothing. I learned almost nothing memorizing answers… for teachers, who often times simply asked me to repeat their own personal beliefs.

While I will admit, a few of my public educators, 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 crippling issue in American public schools today…. This practice, I believe is an offset of outdated education techniques… Cheating in public schools is something that I think has been overlooked by the U.S. Board of Education for many decades.

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 personally.

Walled Lake Central high School

Walled Lake Central high School

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.

-William Larsen

 

 

An Open Letter To The Board Of Education