The Pragmatic Thinker: The Future of Public Education

here has been an ongoing public protest to “fix” America’s PUBLIC education system for years. This will not be possible because “fix” can’t be defined.

Others believe that fixing means having better and more modern buildings. Others believe that fixing means to pay teachers more. Others believe that fixing means making sure our students pass their progress tests. Others believe that fixing means allowing our students to compete more effectively in the global arenas of science and business. Others believe that “fix” means to give our students a better education in reading, writing, math. Others believe that “fixing” is giving our students a more liberal, progressive education to enable them to live fuller, more fulfilling lives. Others argue that we must “fix” the educational system to allow students to choose their futures sooner and to give them direction and focus as they enter college. The reasons to “fix” the “broken public educational system are endless.

The PUBLIC education system is flawed and cannot be fixed. The system is so enmeshed in political bureaucracy and red tape, union politics and special interests, misdirection, political misdirection, political non-focus, status Quo thinking, social rhetoric, political promises broken, underfunded programs, political corruption, misdirection and misdirection that it is impossible to fix the PUBLIC education system. It is impossible to fix.

It’s no surprise that private schools, online learning, alternative learning programs, homeschooling and online education are increasingly popular among the “affluent” segment of our society. Parents are enrolling their children in private education programs if they can afford a quality education.

My opinion, and many others, is that our educational system at its best often drives our children’s natural curiosity about learning from elementary school to college and replaces it by “skills” such as following rules and keeping quiet, obeying orders, doing what is expected, cheating, or procrastinating. In most schools, being punctual and quiet are more important than innovative thinking and critical thinking. Students need to master different skills in order to succeed in this economy. These include lifeskills like resourcefulness, curiosity and innovation as well as verbal and logical proficiency.

The majority of progressive educators would agree with Bill Gates, who last year told our nation’s governors that the traditional urban highschool is dead.

Education is a complex system that is often outdated, inefficient, and too costly. PUBLIC funding is available in many countries that are educationally advanced. In contrast, the United States does not offer kindergarten classes and the last of Public Education at the High School level.