Education Aggravation by Leslie K. Brooks
A retired teacher’s take on our failing education system from the inside. Honest and controversial, Education Aggravation examines the roles of the various actors and elements: students, teachers, parents, administration, politicians, money, media and technology.
What is happening in our schools? Do schools prepare students for “real” life? How? Who calls the shots?
Students advance from grade to grade without learning how to read or decode. How is that possible? Parents have trouble with 3rd grade math. Why is that? Technology is doing the critical thinking for our students. Snap! The importance of lifelong learning needs to be stressed in the households, the schools and on social media.
Instead of throwing blind money at a never-ending fix and just passing students from grade to grade, we need to re-examine our goals for them from the ground up. The student is supposed to be the focus. Only by looking at the cultural dynamics molding our students and using the tools at our disposal (one being our brains) to develop their ability to think on their own can we help them navigate their individual success in an unknown future.
Targeted Age Group:: teens, college, and adult audiences
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 2 – PG
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have taught in three states and found that the people calling the shots in schools are everyone but the teachers. Students have gotten disrespectful and empowered and are distanced from the notion that education is important for their future. Parents have forgotten that we are on their team and want the best for their child, too. Teachers have been burdened with a ton of paperwork to "prove" they are doing their job. Administrators just pass on rules from the state and never question if they make sense for their schools. There is little learning going on and an uphill battle with technology and social media. Everyone wants a piece of the pie. Education and teaching have consumed my life and yet, increasingly, it is focused on the wrong things. Frustrated with my inability to reach out and change the
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