I recently ran into a post with excerpts from best selling author, Seth Godin on the public education system. In the video Mr. Godin asserts that the public school system in America is teaching children to “aim low”.
Consider his comment:
This is why so many people who call themselves entrepreneurs really aren’t. This is why it’s so difficult for somebody to start a business that really grows. It’s why every time we look at 6-yr old, or a 8-yr old or a 12-yer old, what we’re seeing is someone whose been trained over and over and over again to push for smaller assignments…to figure out how to hand stuff in at the very last minute…to, whenever possible, go for the inch instead of the mile.
Mr. Godin raises many tough questions:
- Are public schools really teaching kids to just stay in line instead of dream big?
- How do we teach our kids to be artistic and measure their progress?
- Would America have more “real” entrepreneurs if we home-schooled?
- Is the public school system to blame for all the anger behind Occupy Wall Street?
I’ve got to say, Mr Godin’s comments left so many questions for me personally because I’m a father of young children, a product of the North Carolina public school system, and an aspiring entrepreneur (Yes, I’m the co-founder of MemberHub).
Godin explains that it wouldn’t take very many passionate parents to start schools down the right path. Parents just need to realize that they and their children own the learning and they are not the property of the government.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Army’s Photostream
We need to
- Maximize the communication channels among teachers and parents.
- Centralize collaboration efforts across platforms.
- Create opportunity for feedback and ideas.
- Practice what we preach and dream big for our kids!
- Get organized with how we do all of this.
Lastly, if you’re interested in learning how you can maximize your communication efforts among teachers and parents please check out http://memberhub.com/schools and contact us with any questions!