We must recognize differences as we assess students – there is no single test to measure every student’s mastery. How we provide instruction, inspire creativity, embrace diversity and empower greatness must be personalized . . . education can’t take place on an assembly line. We are not preparing students for the industrial age; we are cultivating students to be problem solvers, creative thinkers and inspired leaders.
There are some non-negotiable skills we must expect all students to master – it’s good to have standards. However, as we continue to celebrate our independence as a great nation, we must align our system of education with our system of values.
The American education system is built, in large part, on conformity. We standardize, assess and group by age. We expect sameness. America is built to embrace diversity not sameness. We celebrate individuality, creativity and personal freedom.
It’s time for us as educators, parents and students – in the spirit of our Founding Fathers – to give students the tools to follow their passion, to make their dreams a reality and to help provide the self-evident opportunities for every young person to pursue a future of success and happiness.