The U.S. education system is broken, yet our efforts and finances are focused on trying to fix what we perceive to be wrong with the students and the teachers. The structure and management of public schools and the actual process of educating students in the classrooms contradict each other, philosophically and practically. This dichotomy between belief and practice is the cause of the current educational chaos, which will not end until there is a complete paradigm shift in our school structure and management.
The current system engages in a form of bullying of students and teachers with unrealistic expectations that each student should be able to learn the same measurable amount of knowledge and skills taught within the specified time frame of a grade level. An expectation that all children will develop at the same rate physically would be considered ludicrous, and yet our school system is designed with the expectation that all children will develop at the same rate cognitively, or be chastised for failing to do so.
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