Our U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, caused uproar last year when he publicly stated that “white, suburban moms” are upset that our kids are not as brilliant as they thought they were. Secretary Duncan seems to have somewhat of a point. All of us, regardless of demographic or ethnicity must start to wake up and recognize the current education system in America is failing every child in every zip code. Parents should be scared, push back, and join forces throughout America.
Educating children in America is far too critical to have our country’s Secretary of Education reduce the expectation of a quality education for our children to a mother’s bragging rights. Moms throughout America should expect our children to be well educated and have a bright future. We should expect our children to not just meet, but exceed the standards as taught by teachers that must be accountable to each child’s academic development. When our children are tested on what they have learned at the end of the year, we should expect them to do well because we trust the system is working in all students’ best interest.
Sadly, we Moms are recognizing that education in America is not the expected quality, regardless of where you reside. Students’ individual needs are clearly not being met. Every mom in every neighborhood across American wants a quality education for their child’s future. When parents notice issues and speak up, they are tamped down by a system that almost seems to maintain a below average education outcome with little accountability from educators, administrators, and policy makers. This is why parents in every zip code must unite for the good of all students.
Here is another newsflash: there are actually very few students in America who are racing to the top. And when our country is ranked only 17th in reading, 21st global education assessment of high school students in 50 countries, most children in America are being left behind. Decisions are being made for children right before our eyes that have direct impact on students. Program cuts, increased class-sizes, teacher layoffs, and a lack of teacher and administration accountability all affect the academic growth of students. Yet when such decisions are made it always seems parents are the last to know and never have a say in how to solve this problem.
The only solution I can offer is that parents use Arne Duncan’s comments as a call to action. It is time EVERY mom starts to get out of their comfort zone and do something to help their children as well as so many others. Swap Bunco Night with going to a school board meeting. Stay informed and involved in what is happening in education locally, statewide, and nationally. Look at school rankings of similar schools. You may be surprised to learn that your child’s school is really not as good as you thought. Dig deep and follow the funding of political campaigns to ensure students (not special interests groups) are well represented. Your involvement will make a tremendous difference for children in all communities as status quo education policy does not recognize zip codes.
I would like to thank Arne Duncan for his comments. Secretary Duncan has awakened a previously overlooked group of parents to the fact that students throughout America are being in math, and 26th in science in a failed. Parents can no longer be silent and ignore the failures of the American education system,
which hurts all students. Thank you, Secretary Duncan, for shinning a light on the fact that parents, regardless of where they live, cannot be complacent or comfortable. What the American education system has to offer is not good enough for any child no matter where they live. All children in America have the right to a world-class education. Parents should settle for nothing less. It is time we, the parents, unite to ensure students are the focus in education.