The theme of your piece resonates strongly with me — education is about becoming.
Gail Boenning

You are right that the premise of my article is that parents should help their children — students — understand that in midst of all of the assignments and grades their focus must be increase in their self awareness. Self awareness of course feeds into choices that are components of ‘becoming’.

The United States of America (USA) already operates an educational system that makes both self awareness and becoming possible within context of formal education.

Both students and parents must be proactive in utilizing such resources for achievement of stated objectives because flaws in the system imply school systems may not emphasize ‘self awareness’ and ‘becoming’ even when resources are relevant and available.

There are developing countries within-which sub-standard education systems and underdeveloped economies militate against transference of self awareness into becoming. Naturally, it is more difficult for students to arrive at self awareness within such education systems.

The danger is that the USA seems headed down a perilous slope of becoming more like aforementioned developing countries.

It would be a travesty if all of the gains of what is perhaps the most developed education system in the world were somehow to be degraded to the point where we lose sight of importance of ‘self awareness’ and ‘becoming’ as important objectives of formal education.
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