TO: “The Board of Education.”
FROM: William Larsen IIIrd
To whom it may concern,
I felt; cheated, used, and degraded, by my Public Education.
How egocentric are we as a nation….. to focus so much of our curriculum, solely on our own history? Furthermore, how mundane is curriculum that doesn’t properly divulge the history of our land, before the European invasion of 1492…..?
Did 20 million Native Americans occupy this land, before the year 1492? And why is 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, within 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 our 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. How closed minded are we as a nation, as to not to evolve the sheer process of learning itself?
I myself can attest, even after attending graduate school, that I still make mistakes with grammar. Furthermore, I believe this is primarily due to the monotony, which has seemingly destroyed America’s public schools today. (I intentionally overuse comma’s, in part because I’m trying to create my own, “writing style,” and that in itself, is a perfect example of what I’m talking about.)
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 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that CHEATING is becoming a major problem, in American schools today… This practice, I believe is another offset of outdated teaching techniques.
I believe cheating is occurring, not because of technology…. but because of the rigid and closed minded parameters of our education system. Bottom line, this system has to evolve, we cannot base the future of tomorrow’s leaders, simply on 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,” as I know it.
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