Sunday, December 23, 2007
Global Education Is The Key To Revitalize Local Communities by Akindele Akinyemi
It's Christmas time and as we prepare to open the New Year we must begin to fully understand that diversity will be the answer to uplifting communities in the Black community that are impoverished.
If charter and traditional public schools like Detroit or Benton Harbor wants to compete on a global scale we must begin to teach our children on a global scale. Oftentimes, we are catering to children who are at-risk and while we are doing this the whole world is passing us up. It's time that we understand that we are going after the wrong constituency in our community. We are not going to be able to save everyone in our community.
Jesus Christ stated in Matthew 22:14 that many are called but few are chosen. We have to begin looking at the reality of things. We are just simply not going to save child. We are not going to change the world one child at a time if we do not begin to raise the bar.
I think we need to look at global educational standards as we move into 2008. Far too long, the United States have ignored international educational standards and now with China moving to the forefront of modern economics failed education in this country is now looked upon as a threat to national security.
For example, look at the math results worldwide. PISA - the Programme for International Student Assessment - aims to assess the knowledge and skills needed for full participation in society, rather than mastery of a curriculum.
The focus of the 2003 study was mathematics, with problems mainly set in real-world situations, covering space and shape, change and relationships, quantity and uncertainty.
Hong Kong had a slightly higher mean score than Finland but on overall proficiency, Finland came top, ahead of South Korea then Canada, with Indonesia bottom.
In fact, Finland came in first in reading and science. Meanwhile, the USA came in last in science.
The United States finished low in each test and in adult literacy. Interesting but not surprising. We spend almost 10% of the national budget on education and we still come in last. In Detroit over 50% of the population cannot read, write or comprehend information. This is why leadership in Detroit stress the importance of education by begging for more money instead of changing the way we think and view education. We can no longer use our radical Marxist or socialist educational philosophies to fix education. It has simply not worked.
I think charter schools in Michigan should take a look at designing international academies that will be able to attract students across the globe instead of always setting up shop to warehouse children for profit. If we are in this business as change agents then we need to view things out the box and begin to tap into the global market. Charter schools should be looking into building border schools for international students. Charters should also be in the market for developing national exchange student programs to expose children to other charters across state lines.
But we cannot do that because of this law I researched:
SECTION 6A 380.504 (3) OF THE MICHIGAN SCHOOL CODE:
Except for a foreign exchange student who is not a United States citizen, a public school academy shall not enroll a pupil who is not a resident of this state.
That should be amended. It's time for our lawmakers in Lansing to take education very seriously. We need more than just passing high school requirements. We need to teach our children metric and look into designing a K-13 educational system. Michigan should take the lead on this endeavour without being threatened by the teacher unions in the state.
If we want to rebuild urban communities across Michigan we need to take a look at building relationships with other ethnic families who will be willing to participate in an charter international institution that will help them compete globally.