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Reform the reform

The need for education reform is a consistent topic among communities, educators and policy makers. I happened across a video online that provided statistical information about the overall student performance in America’s public schools. The information was disheartening and the question that followed has long needed an answer: Do we need more school reform or do schools need more money? Perhaps neither.

According to information taken from the National Center for Education Statistics, five decades of school reform has been ineffective at raising student achievement. Additionally, per pupil spending has increased more in the last decade than any other time in history, yet, student achievement still lags when compared to student groups from other parts of the world.

From my perspective there needs to be no further traditional education reform nor any more infusions of cash to improve schools in America. Perhaps the reformers need to be reformed along with parents, educators and yes, students.

Reform is certainly needed, but it’s needed acrossthe-board. Parents are children’s first teachers. Any learning situation that lacks parental support and engagement is not likely to reach optimal outcomes.


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