Monday, December 17, 2007

There is no Secret we Need Change!

Yesterday's Columbia Daily Tribune gave me hope that other people are thinking what I am thinking. It first pointed out that our education program is under distress. Something drastic needs to change to help in order to create an educational program that actually works. The article discusses the changes that may be occurring in Missouri and how these changes can positively affect our educational dilemmas. Hank Waters, from the Columbia Daily Tribune:

The argument for increased competition will be irresistible, but rather than bring demise, increasing options for students can strengthen and improve public education.

In Columbia, where our local schools are better and better funded than average, change will come slower. In the nation's worst schools, like the ones in Washington, D.C. and St. Louis, parents are desperate and alternatives will arrive more quickly.

Living in rural areas poses different obstacles for education than ones faced in urban areas. There are few schools around, but we still do not have a choice. My daughter excels at her school, but her brother could use a school with a different teaching atmosphere. Our district, Missouri, and the Nation need a reform and I hope it happens soon. Many children are falling through the cracks and that is devastating. These children will deal with this for the rest of their lives, and believe it or not, so will we.

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