When Was the First Time You Heard Your Child Say,
“I Hate School!”
I am faced with a dilemma almost every day:
How do I convince children to love education when they clearly hate school?
How do I convince a child to give a delivery system that is clearly broken another chance?
Do you remember when your child went off to school excited?
Excited because they loved it?
Excited because it was new and exciting and challenging?
Do you remember when your child loved his or her teacher?
Now, do you remember the first time your child came home from school and said, “I hate school and I’m never going back!”?
WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED?!
Chances are, it was just one teacher!
Very often you and/or your child can point to one individual, one teacher as the culprit. No, not a teacher really, more of a bad apple protected by tenure.
And tenure? Well, tenure is another badly broken system!
Where did our system go wrong?
Perhaps a better question is this:
Why are we still using such an antiquated system of education?
Why are we using a educational system that was developed to fuel the industrial revolution?
Didn’t we bury the last vestiges of the manufacturing base of our economy in the early 1980s? And wasn’t it on life support even then?
So why do we maintain a educational system that is clearly out-of-date?
I am not alone in saying that we need a change…and we need it now!
A Love-Hate Relationship
Loving Education – Hating “Schooling”
Every day I work with students who clearly love to learn and I bring them back. I reintroduce them to the love they once had for learning…only to send them back into the very same lion’s den: a broken system they’ve fled from (intellectually, anyway).
“Houston, we have a problem!”
At Westside Tutoring and Testing Services (WTTS) we work with one student at a time.
- We promise
- We implore
- We cajole
- We plead
- We encourage
One student at a time, one day at a time…we here at Westside Tutoring and Testing Services make a difference!
Sadly, however, it isn’t going to be enough!
Yes, it will be enough for WTTS students in the short-term, and even in the long-term.
Because they are getting what so many others will not and cannot: a quality education tailored to fit their precise needs. So yes, we can help our students; they will go on to succeed in college and beyond. But that just won’t be enough for the millions of children currently in school across the country. It won’t stem the tide of dropouts leaving the inner city failure factories en masse. And it won’t be enough to stem the tide of dropouts in the future.
Ultimately, we must fix the system. And we must do it soon!
If we don’t fix our current system, and one student at a time isn’t going to do it nationwide, we are going to continue to lose children en masse!. Because, at the end of the day, we can introduce all the catchy slogans and innovative new programs our legislators and administrators can dream up, but if we don’t deal with the foundation, if we don’t come up with a more effective way to educate our children, then we will continue to hear the plaintiff cries of our children:
As Boys Town’s Father Edward J. Flanagan once put it (italics – paraphrased):
The work must continue, you see, whether we are here or not, because it is God’s work, not ours. Often it has been said that our children are our nation’s greatest asset. But it is more than that, they are the world’s greatest asset. And more than that, they are the world’s only hope.
We cannot fail them!
We must not fail them!
The consequences of such a failure are dire, and the consequences will be upon us before we know it. It is up to the parents and grandparents of today to insist upon the changes that must occur in the present if we are to have a future…at least a future that is at all beneficial and recognizable to those we leave behind.
Professor John P. J. “Jack” Zajaros, Sr.
Westside Tutoring & Testing Services
Lakewood, Ohio 44107