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The battle with common core reminds me of this right now. My daughter, once so hungry to learn, is often in tears by the end of the evening because of the work load heaped on her shoulders four days a week.
Don’t get me wrong, our educational system is in need of a rebooting, but this most recent answer is not the answer. It’s an attempt to keep up with the Joneses, a misdirected competitive spirit…a show about nothing.
Is more of the same better?
I learned more about history from the field trips taken and novels read than any history date I had to memorize. Really, I mean, I can think about all the time spent in class, trying to learn about our nation as if all it is can be laid out on a spreadsheet—and those memories tell me nothing.

But a Mark Twain novel? I got it. Or the museum we visited where we got to see the muskets and homemade flags up close. That’s when I understood the passion of our forefathers. Traveling the country with family? I see why our ancestors fought so hard to win this land.

So America, instead of extinguishing this 100_3262And stifling this

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Or taking time away from family game night (because no matter how much our kids will learn in the classroom and studying for hours after, they will one day get tired of the faded friendships and broken homes and wonder where our values have gone—what our investments have gained us—how no one lays on their deathbed wishing they had done one more page of spelling words).

Lets come up with a better solution.

I’ve studied Harriet Tubman and Washington, and Lincoln. And what do I see igniting the root of their success? It all just comes from their hearts being in the right place.

What are your thoughts on our educational system? Tell us in the comments.

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