Through the Education Lens

President Obama: Isn't It Time To Listen To Students?

CJ Westerberg, December 9, 2010 9:04 AM


Prev. Posted by The Daily Riff March 2010

Dear President Obama . . .
 Don't We Want Change That Works For The Student First?

The business analogy is, if the end user of your product is saying to you that something is wrong with your product, 9 times out of 10 there is something wrong with your product.
So why aren't we listening more to our students?  Do we think they are disengaged or underachieving because they have a problem?  Perhaps we are the problem. . . or more likely, our pre-conceived notions and the systems we set up for them. 

Below is a video of high school students, from Project Tomorrow, sharing their surprisingly discriminating answers to the question:

 "What is the one thing you would do to improve schools to receive
the education and skills to be successful in life?"

"Dear President Obama . . ."

  • "America is great because of CAPITALISM." ???

    "Treat Schools Like A BUSINESS and STUDENTS as PRODUCTS!" ???

    That kid needs an education.

    Humans are not products, Minds are not reproducible widgets.

    I know these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, except that kid has effectively been programmed with such sophomoric misinformation and is successfully spouting the free-market nonsense without questioning the underlying premises, or understanding the foundational concepts of learning.

    I guess you can treat people as products, property, or slaves, and program minds with software then push them into the world to proselytize. No critical thinking necessary.

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