One size fits all

First, remember that no one chooses failure. As adults, we choose to work and do things in areas of competency, but as children, we are asked to be good in many different areas. Children do not have choices. We want them to read, write, do computations, and prepare for college. Our schools do not teach any garbage men or construction workers. These days college is our only goal. Not to say that garbage men, landscapers, construction workers, beautician, and janitors, to name a few hands on professions, do not need to read, write, and express their ideas, but should only one type of educational experience be the norm?

There use to be apprenticeships with direct hands on teaching of a craft or trade, but few professions are learned that way today in the United States. For students that need hands on experiences to learn, our educational system can be hostile and an impossible mountain to climb, crushing not only self-esteem, but hopes and dreams as well.

Published by Kai Long

Kai currently lives in MA and is interested in collaborating with others to develop a deeper understanding of our speech and language needs.