I read recently that the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) – yeah they made an acronym for it so it wouldn’t get too warm and fuzzy – has been replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act, (ESSA)
Obviously this tweaked POS bill and the shiny new acronym will restore prosperity.
You can go home now, everything is going to be fine, ESSA is here to save your children. (sarc)
The goal of course is to ensure that students will be ‘career and college’ ready, whatever that’s supposed to mean.
[As you read this, 22.5% of college graduates are unemployed, 22% have jobs that don't require a college education (that's 45.5%!), and their average debt is over $35,000 - but an acronym is going to fix this? NOT]
Our education system is a ‘box’ designed specifically to produce reasonably competent and unreasonably compliant workers for office factory jobs, retail factory jobs, and factory factory jobs.
I don’t care if the school has ivy on the walls or graffiti, students are all stuck in the same boxed definition of success and approach to achieving it.
And the adults who are supposed to know better are too concerned with paper shuffling and protecting their own jobs to admit that;
- The box is producing a product for a shrinking market
- Children aren’t a product and factories aren’t the market
[For the record, children are precious humans, and they are the market]
Don’t wait for ‘them’ to fix the box and don’t count on ‘them’ to look out for your child’s best interest.
Hell will freeze over before we mass produce a nationalized custom solution. That's an oxymoron.
YOU may have succeeded despite the system, but it's increasingly unlikely that our child will.
It's time to take the bull by the horns and prepare our children for a great future.
Today is the LAST day to apply AND enroll for the badly needed Heroic Family Unschooling Experience (HFUE for you acronym lovers out there).
Shelly and I will keep an eye out for last minute applications and turn them around quickly, but you'll have to watch your email and enroll before you go to bed to get in on the Heroic Founding Family Membership.
Remember, the price will increase tomorrow, so here's your last chance.
We look forward to having you join us.
Toby, Shelly, Soleil, Summer LaVigne
The Vaikido Hero Unschool