Amanda Ripley’s novel has left me astounded. I have a lot of mixed feelings, starting from dismal and encouraged, to irate yet content. I would say, in the end, that this book has left me with a sense of hope. Hope for the world; hope that we as a nation can change; and hope that there are people out there, fighting the good fight.
I have always cared about education of course, and have always held a disposition with many of its fundamentals, but before reading this my opinion was predominantly held up by my own experiences.
Ripley’s novel managed to shape my opinions into a more informed being with new knowledge to go with it. After listening, I find myself drawing together a better idea of what it is I believe about education and why I believe it. I am grateful to Ripley for helping me to do so.
Through all of my emotions, there is one thing I know for sure; if America wants to be the country with the best education, then we must be willing to adjust our ideologies, our culture, and our views, both personally and politically.
Education is not stagnant. It is a human system. Any practice that works with people, is not still because we as humans are not. In fact, education should be one our most lively systems.
What we need to understand is, humans are inherently diverse, evolutionary, and unique. Each and every person is an individual. What our countries’ education system fails to do is account for the individuality of its students. Education should work for its scholars, not necessarily because of them. Our educational institutions need to be facilities that focus on the individual student as a whole and work to provide him/her/or any other gender an education that favors their way of learning and their interest.
Ripley’s book shows us that this is possible.
If we want an education system in America that focuses on educating, and succeeds in doing so, then we must act on our own. This change must come from the ground up. Parents, students, and even teachers need to insist that our education system is one that adequately prepares us for the real world. It cannot simply teach to a test, but it must ensure that we all know how to think critically, creatively, and coherently.
This change will not be easy, but it is necessary, and it begins with us.