Imagine living as a dependent in a world of giants, where they can justify doing with you whatever they feel like to best serve their own needs and purposes. They could just pick you up like a cue stick and use you to play a lively, vicious game of business billiard in the hopes to gain the upper hand among their competitors, with the outcome determining the successes throughout their next political and monetary investments, and how you would feel about it.
Those dependents are our children, small and vulnerable especially compared to adults, yet they have the fewest human rights and laws dedicated to protecting them from being used as scapegoats, especially when it comes to one area preparing them for a life in our challenging modern society – their education. What complicates matters even further, is the outdated philosophy behind the current U.S. educational system that still originates in the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. These models are not just archaic, they are crippling our children in becoming self-confident, motivated, and divergent thinking individuals that have found their unique personal strength and can define their challenges still to overcome. They are counterproductive in achieving optimal scholastic success in children, filling them with fear and anxiety instead, simultaneously jeopardizing proper brain development. Moreover, those standards release dehumanized individuals into society unequipped to function within the whirlwinds of current technological advanced times, while allowing politicians and business people to use children as a playground for their competitive business games, deprofessionalizing school faculty in the process.
History of the U.S. School System
One of the many things people are not aware of is that education of our young is paid for through property taxes in this country, real estate still being one of the most sought after business investments of the elite in the U.S. with professional people expecting to see a return for their efforts in developing a workforce they need in maintain America’s edge on world-innovation. To complicate matters even further, the current models and standards of the Unites States public school systems are still based on the originating ideas of the Industrial Revolution period dating back a very long time ago to the late 18th century. Its foundation is the Enlightenment Period with its progressive forefathers of that time, Presidents Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, as well as William Shipley, an inventor and founder of The Royal Society of Arts for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, (RSA)(Robinson, 2010). Their thought behind it was to make public education available to all children, paid by taxation, dividing them into three different section of a pyramid, the big, supportive base being the blue-collar workers, of which some were expected to do language and arithmetic, followed by a smaller group who would transition...