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 growing, in our nation today. 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 this education system, remains stagnant and mundane, decade after decade?….. 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, not to 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 nearly nothing.
While I will admit, a few of my teachers did take the time to motivate me, most did not.
I also believe that CHEATING, is becoming a major issue in American public schools today… This practice, I believe is another offset, of outdated teaching techniques.
I believe this to be occurring, not because of technology…. but because of the rigid and closed minded parameters of our education system today. Bottom line, this system has to evolve. We cannot base the education of our youth on simply memorization and fact checking, any longer!
It felt so cumbersome…. to memorize and repeat, memorize and repeat….. In fact, this outdated style of teaching, nearly ruined the concept of “learning,” in my mind.
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 teachers and 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…. For these reasons, it would seem unforgivable to corrode another generation, the way my generation was corroded, through mundane and outdated public schooling. So let’s make a change.
Thank you for your time.
An Open Letter To The Board Of Education