The Education System

Why are our children not learning to their fullest potential?  Why are schools not preparing our children for real world experiences?  Why are so many children dropping out of school?  These are questions I have asked myself and others.   And, the only answer I seem to get is, MONEY!   But, is that really the answer???

I believe the problem(s) are surrounded by how our children are being educated.  Check out some of these facts just in Michigan alone:

Michigan Schools Drop-Out rates (2007-2008) – for a complete list please visit http://www.michigan.gov

Birmingham – 1.35%

Bloomfield Hills – .084%

Clawson – 4.62%

Dearborn – 14.60%

Detroit – 27.08%

East Detroit – 17.33%

Farmington – 7.9%

Ferndale – 36.64%

Highland Park – 41.85%

Novi – 3.2%

Oak Park – 19.59%

We as parents/teachers and authority figures need to be outrage by these numbers.  Well, my suggestion is, first figuring out how to educate our children differently.  School was Boring when I was in school and it is still Boring. 

 The school system is only focusing on 2 intelligences (logical Mathematical and Linguistic):

Logical Mathematical – Math Smarts

Linguistic – Word Smarts

So, if your child is not smart in the areas of Math and English…Guess what? …. Your child is going to be the student who is being label as ADD (attention deficits disorder), ADHD (attention deficits -hyperactive disorder), ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), OCD (oppositional conduct disorder and/or other learning disabilities.   

I believe Multiple Intelligence should be introduced into our schools.   All children should be educated, not just a selected few.   Please check out these websites for more information on Multiple Intelligence. www.Ldpride.net  and www.thomasarmstrong.com.   

 Question: Why hasn’t the Michigan Department of Education figured this out yet?

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