It is a constitutional right for all children (and adults) to get a quality education. Education is the key to success in every area of our lives.  For some, it means “Coming out of Darkness into the Light.” In my opinion it is the key to civic salvation.

Education is defined by some sources as an enlightening experience.  It is the process of facilitating learning or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits.  Methods include storytelling, discussion, teaching, training and directed research.  It must have meaning…from those who teach and those who learn.  Education must be relational, it must be rigorous and it must be relative.

Relational:  There must be a connection between the instructor and the materials, as well as a relationship between the instructor and the learners. Trust in learning is essential.

Rigorous:  The standard of teaching must be challenging.  It must push beyond the common level of acceptance and simply put, be hard.

Relative:  Education must be real to the instructor and the learner.   It has to have an end-game that makes sense to the learner.  Without question, education must be cutting edge and innovative because, when you know better, you do better.

As a society, we have to work harder to improve education for our children in public, private and charter schools.  There are simple things to be done as well as very complex challenges to be achieved.

Test scores need to be improved in all areas of learning—reading, writing and comprehension, math and the sciences, as well as art & music.  Whereas the arts are not part of the hard sciences, reports have shown that the arts have a direct positive effect on the knowledge intake of students.  Learning has to be relational….students must feel there is a connection between what they are being taught and how it impacts their lives.  In other words, “When it comes to education, what is in it for me?”

I work with students in the Middle School area every day, I believe parents should read to their children at least 30 minutes a day.  I realize for many families, whether two-parent homes or single parent homes, that is a difficult, seemingly impossible task.  But in the long run, if the sacrifice is made on some level, a committed act as special reading time, can be the positive seed that improves the educational experience of learners.

We all can make the decision on the importance of education to our children and commit intentional acts for growth and development, or not and suffer the consequences.  Our future depends on it, because when you know better, you do better.

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