Education is a right. Learning is a choice.

I have taught business at the secondary level for over 16 years. I have come across every type of student out there. I think we need to have a serious conversation with our communities about education at the secondary level about how to have it better reflect reality. Previously I have blogged about how we need to have our students fail more. I need to add some things to that discussion.

I think we need to have a serious conversation with our communities about education at the secondary level about how to have it better reflect reality.

One of my favorite things is to see students who come back to visit and tell their stories of success. I have had students make it in movies and TV, opened their own coffee shops, recording studios, apparel and shoe brands, writers, musicians, professional athletes,and the list goes on. Those students always return with similar reasons why they have become successful. HARD WORK, realizing the world is not a fair place and nobody owes them anything.

With all the technology and help out there, there really is no reason to do bad at high school.

I have come up on the end of a nine weeks and for the most part, students get the fact that they either work hard or don’t. I worry about the parents who want it more than their kids. Some of the parents I know will track down the teacher and constantly ask why their kid is not doing well in class. Honestly, the simple answer is usually they are not working hard. With all the technology and help out there, there really is no reason to do bad at high school. Every parent and student should know this. We have become so used to making everything perfect and fair in schools that we have forgot that the real world is nowhere near perfect and fair. Our students have no idea how to deal with unfairness other than having their parents yell at the school to get things corrected. I think we need to put students in unfair positions and have them deal with it and not their parents.

We have become so used to making everything perfect and fair in schools that we have forgot that the real world is nowhere near perfect and fair.

Many times, I will get a call from a counselor at near the end of the semester. The counselor tells me, the teacher, that a certain student needs to pass to graduate. They tell me this. I usually reply with an okay… and what do I have to do with that? Am I expected to create easier curriculum for that? The kid is the one who has the choice. Education has become nonreflective of reality in this hand-holding sense. That worries me. Yes, education is a right. Learning, like success, is a choice.

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