SHORT COMMUNICATION 385
Making Schools Interesting
Teachers, parents, and students know that America´s public schools are not very interesting places, they are not doing well or what is expected of them. They are doing a poor job of preparing students for their future in America´s culture. And it is so unnecessary. The question to be answered is: Why are America´s public schools performing so dismally?
The blame has to rest with the people in charge of deciding what is taught and how it is taught. The decline started when the U. S. government got involved with money and mandates. It´s had been a dismal and bad situation since then.
Soon, education policy makers thought that all students ought to automatically desire an academic education. Courses that would appeal to many students who could not care less about academics were not considered worthwhile. Those courses were left out of planning, and that proved to be a big mistake.
The reading selections that were chosen to teach skills were not interesting to the students. They were very boring, like correct history and science classes. Mat curriculums totally ignore beneficial goals and task students with goals that are beyond a useful developmental level.
Pupils that attend home schools, private schools, and charter schools generally outperform pupils in public schools. It must be understood that public schools are the places where students who do not want to be there are there because they have to be. They are the ones who drop out of school. Other students find out at graduation time that they do not have enough credits to graduate. Some changes must be made, but they are difficult to solve.
Schools must offer a wider curriculum with the boring subjects eliminated as much as possible. And the curriculum must be presented in more interesting ways. This would help make schools a more enticing and fun place to be and officer a wider range of opportunity for future success. It would certainly be a creditable start.