Educating the Fetus
I haven’t been involved in formal education for over 30 years, and am out of the loop. Any information derived is from writers, politicians and my grandchildren. I apologize to those active in the field for my apparent obsolete views on education.
When I heard the Department of Education wants to test 4 year olds I was in disbelief. It would be more sensible to test our congressional member who became involved in the quagmire in the Middle East with little or no knowledge about the history or culture of this region. Some have proved that they were D students in 6th grade American History and don’t have to mention names.
The next step in the testing frenzy will use some form of technology to test the fetuses in the mother’s womb. I’ve heard some parents transmitting tapes of math and reading into the enlarged abdomens of pregnant mothers to give their babies a head start.
Writer David Scrota, a writer and radio personality ratifies that “because of this craziness we’re being out educated by countries going in the opposite direction. He claims nations like “Finland and Korea—top scorers on the program International Student assessment” have largely eliminated the crowded testing when these nations were much lower achieving.”
Contrary to our approach they reject the testing we extol and teachers are regarded as professionals instead of portraying teachers as evil parasites. They are well paid and trained on the job which entices students to enter the profession.
Harvard’s Tony Wagner who narrates the film “The Finland Phenomenon” says, “Because they have created such a high level of professionalism, they can trust their teachers.” He further claims Finland is more racially homogenous than America and is an economically equal society while education doesn’t vary across class lines.
To abbreviate this discourse the chance of treating our teachers as professionals with esteem and pay is but a dream as we need someone to blame for our children’s inefficiencies. We will also be unable to eliminate the large gap between class lines or our fetish with standardized testing. Our only hope may be prenatal testing and education.