Letter: Making students most likely to succeed

An education is more than learning shapes, numbers or the sounds an animal makes. It surpasses trigonometry and world studies. True education fosters a love for learning. It creates pathways where there were none, it brings character out of one’s depths and it can absolutely change the world.

As a civilization we’ve watched the entire world change before us in the last 125 years. Industrial, medicinal and technological advancements mean today’s world and today’s citizens in the world are not the same as they were.

In the United States, we’re more advanced than ever before. Equality on paper is a fact for most and true equality for us all is closer than ever.

So why has our education system seemed to stay the same?

In America, 125 years ago marked the start of our current educational system. We decided sitting in desks, listening to lectures and memorizing facts, testing to prove we listened and memorized, and laying worth on the results of those tests was the way to go.

But that might not be the best way to go now.

What if we incorporate significant movement into our days? What if we do away with class periods, and put more emphasis on collaborative work to solve real-world problems, not problems written into textbooks years ago?

Will changing our educational system happen quickly? No. But meaningful change can begin right away, without changing curriculum, getting official approval and waving away red tape.

Some teachers and educators are already making strides. It’s up to the rest of us to bolster their efforts. The film “Most Likely To Succeed” follows students and faculty at High Tech High in San Diego, where bells don’t ring every 45 minutes, subjects are woven together, and students learn about their strengths and opportunities through collaboration and project-based work.

There are solutions out there versed for the modern world, and more productive than those that were around 125 years ago. Let’s explore new ideas, collaborate and cooperate. Let’s build a better, smarter society — together.

Leon LaBrecque, CEO

LJPR Financial Advisors