Should all Children Wear Glasses?


A headline in the local paper states,  “Some Students Need More School.” The question must be asked what is going to happen to those who don’t need more school? Would we  ever shorten the school day because “some” of our bright students don’t even need the time they already have? It is true that some children need glasses and hearing aids,  should all be required to wear them?
This argument for lengthening the school day and school year could best be described by the old saw, “That’s like throwing the baby out with the bath water.” Only our poor struggling students may need additional time in school, they are the “some” this newspaper article is talking about. Unless curriculum and its delivery method changes dramatically (something experience tells me won’t happen) our good to excellent students will receive one thing from this canard of additional time and that one thing will be a period of time each day filled with unremitting, stultifying boredom.
This  “more time will solve our problems”  plan is the perfect illustration of the “Law of Un-intended Consequences.” It is unlikely to help the intractably poor students but in the process may very well damage the ambition and love of learning in our best ones.  We must stop using political correctness, the false assumption that everyone can be above average and the lure of short-term political gain to attempt to improve the education of our poorer students at the expense of our better ones. Stop it Now!
I am beginning to wonder if there is anyone in  government who has the guts to speak up for our better students who have been passively –aggressively attacked for a decade by the NCLB(No Child Left Behind) and its little known twin the NCGA(No Child Gets Ahead) and now are to be attacked again by a lengthening of the time many will spend, without need,  in the  educational purgatory of wasted drill and practice?

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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