Since when is a child unworthy of a state sponsored education that is worthy of obtaining and is useable in real world scenarios? Since when should a child be told that they are unworthy of such education simply because their zip code is 44112 and not 44022? Since when is it reasonable to trap a child in a cycle of redundancy that is known to exist? Since when is it reasonable for a child to be cramped into a classroom with 40 other kids with no air conditioning, heating, or electricity, no working windows, and broken desks? Since when is it reasonable for a child for a child to be denied special education services simply because a school can’t afford to or refuses to provide the services? Since when is it reasonable to pretend a teacher can’t be ineffective simply because he or she is a teacher? Since when is it reasonable for a child to be handcuffed, beat, shackled, and humiliated in the one place he or she is supposed to be safe and nurtured? Since when is it reasonable for things that are unreasonable to be ignored?
These are all questions that have for too long either been ignored, avoided, misconstrued, or had their reasoning denounced for the sake of someone else’s agenda. It shouldn’t take this long to find the answer to 8 questions and to implement some type of plan based on those answers if we as a nation are truly trying to reform education, as we claim that we are. If we were truly trying to reform education these questions shouldn’t still be waiting for answers. And furthermore, if there is nothing systemically or fundamentally wrong with our education system as some who are in denial claim than we shouldn’t be forced to come up with answers to these questions. But the simple fact of the matter is that they are being asked, they have no answers, people don’t want them to have answers, the system is broken, denial won’t help, and the whole situation is utterly unreasonable and is in dire need of attention.
However, the trillion dollar question is why? Why are all these questions without some form of answer from someone somewhere? And if these questions, or at least some, have answers why are they without some form of action? Why are we that afraid as a country to educate children properly that we would rather put up a smoke screen where we all pretend that we are fixing education when in reality those who can actually make a change are covering their butts? Why are we that afraid as a country to properly educate children that we would rather them become unproductive felons, single parents, and bottom of the barrel scraping workers of a system of things that is beyond unsustainable?
We can’t continue on in denial forever though, we can’t pretend that our educational system isn’t in systemic emergency mode and we can’t pretend that we are not well on our way to educating children to be the most incompetent children in a society that thrives on competence. The fact that we can’t continue to go on this way can and should be a good thing however, because it provides us as a nation a chance to move toward answering those essential 8 questions so we can move on to figuring out how to answer the next 8 questions. But, if we don’t take heed to the warning signs that came from us refusing to acknowledge the seriousness of the inabilities, systemic flaws, and the amount of unjust prospective that exist within our educational system, soon that opportunity to answer those questions will be nonexistent.