How to Save Public Schools-Teach the Way Kids Learn!!

The One Simple Solution to Saving Our Schools And Why It Will NEVER Happen

education reform

Sometimes the solutions that are the most obvious are also the most difficult for people to see. Take public education, for example. Our educational system has utilized the same methods of instruction that were instituted over 150 years ago when compulsory attendance laws were first put into place. Think about that. In all that time, the powers that be have found it completely unnecessary to rethink our country’s approach to education that was inspired by the Prussians, of all people. 

That sheer fact alone is absolutely absurd to me because, let’s face it. America’s schools are failing, and they have been for quite some time. I think it’s become clear to most people now that schools are not teaching the way kids learn. Instead of our children being treated as the individuals they are, they’re expected to be cookie cutter images of one another.Our kids are being taught using the same curriculum, being given the same assignments, and being punished if their learning style does not fit that of the traditional classroom.

With all the talk circulating about education, chances are that you’ve heard at least something about learning styles, even if it was only an innocuous comment. Although there are many, many styles recorded, they all fall under one of three main categories: visual, auditory, or kinesthetic.

It’s common knowledge that schools utilize a method of learning that most greatly benefits auditory learners. Kids who are able to sit still and pay attention to a teacher’s lecture do better in school and seem ‘smarter’ than the rest. It’s also common knowledge that the amount of students receiving special education services has risen dramatically in the last several years.

But here’s something to think about…has this increase occurred because this many children really do have learning disabilities, or has this happened because children aren’t being taught in the way they naturally learn? 

Education reform is a topic that will always promise to bring about heated debate. And out of all the discussion going on about how to best help our schools, what is the one way that government bureaucrats insist is the only way to help? Testing and increasing standards.

Sometimes I feel like knocking on their heads and saying, “Hello? Is anybody in there?”

When are they going to realize that this problem will never be remedied by tests and red tape but will instead only be fixed by a complete overhaul of the entire system? And there is one easy solution that seems to elude these “education experts” every single time:

Instead of separating children by grades and using the same tired teaching methods, separate them by learning style. Just as kindergarteners are often tested upon their entrance to school to see if they’re ready, students could be ‘tested’ to see which learning style fits them best.

Auditory learners would attend classrooms rich with audio books, music, oral presentations, etc.

Visual learners would be presented with lots of pictures, diagrams, maps, and videos.

Kinesthetic learners (those unfortunate children who often have the ‘pleasure’ of being mislabeled as ADHD) would be given the opportunity to perform lots of hands-on activities, experiments, note-taking, and be given the liberty to move around instead of being confined to a desk for six hours a day.

As for the cost? I haven’t done an in-depth study on this, but it is my opinion that most of the materials that would be available in classrooms such as these would be far less than the huge expense schools face from purchasing textbooks for every student…textbooks that aren’t truly teaching many children anything.

This almost seems too easy a concept to grasp, so why haven’t schools attempted this? One word.

Money.

In order to admit that it is completely normal for children to learn in different ways from one another, they would have to give up the millions of dollars they receive in funding for special education students. Now, of course, there are students who really do need these services, but we’re kidding ourselves if we don’t at least entertain the notion that the vast majority of kids with IEPs don’t have any learning disabilities at all.

So, instead of doing what’s best for the individual child, our government education system would rather keep receiving their money, even if it means that millions of children will be unfairly stigmatized for the rest of their lives.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t add that the traditional school model of education is much easier to exercise control over the student body. After all, it might be dangerous if American students were for once encouraged to think for themselves.

And we wouldn’t want that at all, now would we?

Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

19 thoughts on “How to Save Public Schools-Teach the Way Kids Learn!!”

  1. I wouldn’t go so far as to use the cookie-cutter example. Much of the training we have is geared to focus on how each child learns and we must adapt our lesson plans to meet those needs, either through accommodations or expectations. We have to teach to reach their learning styles. Whereas I was raised with mostly lecture-styled learning, a majority of teaching in the public schools has moved away from such methods because only about 20 percent of our students learn that way.

    The real problem: parental involvement. We can’t change that and is the reason why some students still flourish under our teaching styles no matter what changes come, and why homeschoolers are so incredibly successful in their endeavors. Yes, there are many ways the public schools are failing, but the public schools can do nothing about what is most important.

    BTW, last year I mentioned to a fellow teacher that if a bunch of mothers could take their kids, and produce such excellent educations, then we professionals should be able to do the same. She quickly pointed out the flaw: homeschoolers have a high level of parental involvement. We don’t.

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    1. That is certainly true about parental involvement. In our school district it has all but ceased to exist. Before we started homeschooling, my kids attended the same elementary school I went to. The first thing I noticed was the lack of parents at important events. When I was a student, the entire auditorioum woulld be packed with parents for a talent show or spring concert. When my kids attended, I would not be exaggerating to say that they were lucky if there were 20 people in the audience, and most of them were teachers!

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  2. First of all let me say, well written. Now I will comment as a principal and teacher. Don’t think for a moment that people in public education are not aware of the points you’ve brought up. Homeschooling affords you the opportunity to teach each child individually, at times that are convenient for you. Homeschooling allows you to select the methodology that best fits the individual situation. Public and private schooling has not failed this country. The government and media have done that. The USA has given the world it’s best scientists, mathematicians, technicians, doctors, and …

    Our system of teaching large numbers of students not only works but is practised around the world. The real difference is the lack of public, parental involvement. Only a few parents people are willing to get actively involved in their child’s education. I don’t mean by spending the entire day at school with them or homeschooling. I mean things like studying together, going to the library together, reading the same book, magazine, or newspaper article and discussing it together… Together is the real challenge. Working together to make the changes necessary for students is the only way to make education the ongoing, life experience it needs to be.

    Now that I have defended public education let me have a few words on homeschooling. I have encouraged family, friends and others in this huge undertaking. I am a proponent of multi-age teaching and have seen the benefits and the drawbacks of teaching our own children. Those who succeed in this way of educating are organized planners who selflessly give up their own desires for what they know is best for their children. My own niece is a product of homeschooling. She is an intelligent, self-sufficient, loving, young bride. I commend those who are undertaking this huge responsibility. My greatest hope is that both homeschoolers and public education could work together and share the best of both worlds for the benefits of all students.

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    1. What a very well-thought out comment. Unfortunately, the lack of parental involvement seems to be an epidemic that is only getting worse. I think parents have become disconnected from their kids’ education because they view it as solely the responsibility of their school, which is simply not the case.

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      1. I know what you’re saying… One of my greatest frustrations as a principal were parents who felt, and said, that it was our job to fully educate their child. (Seriously, they wanted us to go from potty training to handling relationships to sexuality.)

        Thank you for the job you are doing with your children. Blessings to you and yours! Marie

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    2. I love love love this comment. It is so true. I have heard a hundred times from parents that it is the school’s responsibility to teach my child. I wish parents that don’t homeschool, would at least be more involved in the child’s education and not leave it up to the teach alone. What a hard burden for the teacher to bear.

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  3. I think both your article and the comments are all valid. My first thought after reading your post was “apothecary on once again”. After reading though the comments, I can agree with some of those points as well.

    At the same time, I think you’re on to something in terms of breaking the kids into groups (or classes) that cater to the ways in which they learn best.

    I happen to be someone who picks up on things pretty easily and have struggled in understanding others’ struggles (or differences). Now that I have my own children and although our second is only 9mo, I am More aware that they are different from me, outside of just their gender.🙂

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  4. Interesting post as usual🙂 I do wish that more parents would at least get more involved and not rely on the poor teacher to handle everything. I understand and agree homeschooling is not for everyone. Yes you can, but should you? Those that should not? Those that won’t get involved. Had to admit I laughed out loud at the , “hello?Anyone in there?” Sometimes I think corporate bosses are the same way… ahem. lol

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