Rant: The Education Dilemma

Let me lay some groundwork for my opinions before I share what’s peeved me off. Most of my family and my husband’s family is in the education profession areas. Yet I hate math. Ignoring the large amount of math I have to do every time I plan a quilt.

In contrast, graduates earning the worst grades came from IDEA Public Schools and La Villa ISD, where administrators admitted they have a lot of college-readiness work ahead of them.

“There’s access, and then there’s success,” said Tom Torkelson, CEO and co-founder of IDEA, which has sent 100 percent of its graduates to college. “There’s clearly a lot more we have to do to ensure student success when they leave IDEA.”


It sounds terrible but it seems as though that people have forgotten that not all kids are smart enough to get through college successfully. I’ll concede that college/university takes a deep amount of determination and that if people do work hard enough and are reasonably intelligent they should be able to get through it successfully. What I hear most from teachers is that if kids are genuinely making an effort they’re more likely to succeed later in life. How many kids do you know that doggedly attach to a goal and complete it? Without a good support system? Without someone driving/nagging them? Not many.

As a charter school they believe they have the cream of the crop thanks to their entrance exams application process. It’s like a reflection of our over-indulged society in America. My child is mildly above the status quo so he/she must be catered to because he/she is intelligent. When did parents become so stupid? Was it all from the constant affirmation that they’re special or unique? I’m getting more than a little off track. I find education infuriating.

Bottom line: Any school that thinks that every child needs to attend university is blind.


1 thought on “Rant: The Education Dilemma

  1. It’s true.

    The idea of equality and success is built on two fallacies:
    1. It is possible for everyone to achieve anything they want.
    2. We are all actually equal physically, mentally, and financially

    Starting with 2, it is easy to see that no two individuals are equal in all aspects. For starters some individuals are just stronger, faster, or more intelligent than others. No two individuals start in the same financial situation, or go to the same school. Some have access to better education, others have access to more money.

    Because we are not starting out equal, it is hard to believe everyone could possibly be equal later in life. Which is the key piece:

    The idea of equality is a belief, and not a fact.
    It is something we hold to be true, that all people are equal… despite the facts. We have a social requirement that we treat everyone as equals.

    Now going to 1… we must also accept the obvious: EVERYONE cannot be or achieve anything they want.

    It is possible for ANYONE to be a doctor, lawyer, president, or scientist, but it is not possible for EVERYONE to be a doctor, lawyer, president, or scientist.

    Even if everyone was equal financially, mentally, and physically… someone would still have to be the janitor or the basketball coach. It is impossible for society to function if everyone was a doctor, engineer, lawyer, or government official.

    The fact is that someone will need to manage the duties that are not as well liked.

    Even if we took the Science Fiction route of having robots manage all those tasks we don’t like, we would still have too many people and not enough jobs. We would have to reduce our population to have a certain amount of people able to fill the jobs we would have available.

    Which would still mean we would have some type of competition or other determining factor to decide who goes where…

    SO… how does this fit into education?

    Understanding that some people will need to be plumbers, electricians, welders, and technicians, we should also begin to accept that the people who will fill these roles do not need to go to college. They would be much better off learning trade skills and spending less money going that route than entering a 4 year degree institution.

    Hell, welders and technicians make equal or more than many engineers or other positions with four year degree requirements. Mostly because we NEED them.

    We shouldn’t deny these people access to higher education, but forcing them into one is really just as damaging.

    Our belief that everyone is equal, and we can all be “successful” (doctor/lawyer/etc…) is clouding our logic and creating a mess of our education system.

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