I am deeply humbled by Mr. Graden’s words and thoughts in this blog post. I agree with his direction and am deeply grateful to be a part of this wonderful community. More educators need to take this approach.
There is only one thing I would add to this equation, teaching our youth to follow their dreams and choose a career they love. It is proven time and time again that if a person loves what they are doing as a career, they are more successful at it and in all of their pursuits.
The education system is flawed and has been for years. We teach things that are unnecessary to actual daily life and true to the careers or fields children choose. Not everyone needs advanced calculus or to learn about scientific methods. Instead, the focus needs to be taking these ideas that Mr. Graden talks about in this article and fine-tuning a course of study to the individual student to help them get a jumpstart on their chosen profession.
Kudos to you Mr. Graden.
I need to be honest with you; I less concerned about your (or mine, too) child’s SAT score… or their ACT score…. than I am about the knowledge that he/she acquires by the time they graduate. I know society and the “education industry” says that as a superintendent, I should care more about standardized test scores. But, I don’t. I want them to do well; sincerely, I do. But when we talk about your child – instead of scores, tell me what they are passionate about, what skills you have seen them develop, what challenges they have faced, and how they have worked to overcome them. Tell me about how they treat others, how hard they work to achieve what is important to them, and how they reach out to help others in need.
Over the last ten years, I have handed out 4,500+ Saline diplomas – a fact that…
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