I am fired up! As a parent, you should be too! Too many parents do not realize what is happening in the classroom and don't realize they have a voice and their opinions can bring about change.
I recently read an informative article, by a fellow LI member, that really needs to be brought into the awareness of every parent. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-sit-stare-during-testing-guy-writing-poetry-is-my-business?goback=.gna_2238203
Thank you for sharing this Bruce!
If a parent makes a choice to opt their child out of something they do not feel is beneficial for them, how dare a teacher or a school system center them out and punish the child for not taking part. Is that the most creative solution they can think of? Do YOU as a parent recognize the damage this can do to a child and do you even realize it is happening?
There is an important distinction in this - Controlling students and making them feel like outsiders if they do not conform is an example of why people grow up and are not able to see options for themselves. Instilling a "punishment" for non conformity robs them of realizing they have choices in life and affects their self esteem and self confidence. Being creative and discovering solutions for themselves is a skill necessary for the 21st century. Those that are conditioned to conform, never think outside the box and struggle to find solutions in life. There is only one right answer and "everyone" follows this, is a recipe for failure. As challenges arise in life, these students will be afraid to think outside the box for fear they will be punished. They will feel they don't have a voice and their opinions are not relevant. I agree with Bruce, "Sit and Stare is immoral and emotionally abusive to students".
If schools are not bringing about solutions, parents should take control of this for their kids. A solution could be to keep them home when these tests are done, and have them explore something new of interest to them. How much more productive would it be for kids to explore something new, learn and share their knowledge? This could be done with parents and would demonstrate support for their kids. To take it a step further, parents could get together and have their "opted out" kids share what they learned with an audience that is on the same page. PARENTS can get together with other parents to organize this type of solution for their kids . We don't have to wait for education to provide solutions. Any school of course could choose to implement something like this, if they were not conforming. They could send students to the library to research a project and share what they DID learn.
By supporting the Sit & Stare policy, we are conditioning youth to become cogs in the wheel, conforming to the needs of corporations....afraid to think for themselves, or afraid to do anything outside of the perceived "norm". Conformity, fear and limiting beliefs is what holds so many people back in life.
It's been stated that over 65% of the work that will be done by today's youth hasn't been invented yet. We need to encourage and nurture their creativity and potential. With this in mind, we should be nurturing and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit in our youth so they can become the creators of their futures, not the victims of underemployment., as many young grads are today. The time being wasted with sit & stare, could be spent so much more creatively.
As parents, we need to take a stand for our kids and protect them from what we feel is not right. We need to help them learn, grow and become everything they are capable of. We need to help them realize there ARE choices, alternatives and solutions to succeed in the 21st century. We need to help them realize they have a voice, they have ideas, they have potential. We need to show them we support them, and take a stand for their greatness.
Bring awareness to other parents, share this article and start really taking a stand for what you expect in education. When we create awareness, we create the starting point for change and new ideas....
Debbie Ruston has been an entrepreneur and trainer since 1986. She works with individuals, and groups interested in developing their entrepreneurial leadership mindset. Was this article of value to you? Feel free to share it on your social networks and with your contacts, join in the discussion below, and FOLLOW her on the top right corner of this page.
Debbie's also on:
G+https://plus.google.com/+DebbieRuston-TheSuccessEducatorAnd now on iTunes
Debbie Ruston - Entrepreneur - International Trainer, Visionary Leader