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Thoughts from the Leapfrog Learning Center in Shrewsbury

Public schools  undermine the core values of America because the quality of education in poor neighborhoods is dramatically inferior to that provided to middle class or affluent neighborhoods.  Instead of reducing the gap between rich and poor, public education exacerbates the problem by giving an unfair advantage to affluent children.

The essence of the American dream is the quality of life that is implicit in the promise of equal opportunity.  That promise has been broken by an educational process that fails one third of our population (high school drop outs) and perpetuates a growing gap between rich and poor.  As technology catapults our culture into the future, skilled jobs require increasingly sophisticated training while unskilled jobs are increasingly dominated by Hispanics and outsourcing to China and India.  The Leapfrog Project proposes a detailed blueprint for a new educational paradigm that will revolutionize our educational process and give all our children the skills to succeed in the global economy.  Preposterously ambitious and yet this is only the tip of the iceberg.  The really revolutionary part of this new initiative is that it also promises to teach our children the social interaction skills needed to be happy and the maturity needed for responsible behavior.  Dream for a moment what life in America would be like if everyone had the skills to be happy.

Visit the Leapfrog Learning Center to see the birthplace of the Leapfrog Proposal

  1. Laura Said,

    I absolutely agree that public school–and in general most schools–give affluent children the advantage compared to their less “wealthy” peers. What I find mind boggling is that in the state of NJ, they are talking about increasing the standards for high school education. Okay, great, I went to high school in NJ and found it to be less than spectacular. I agree that yes, standards should be raised; however, what I find problematic is that the state thinks that somehow, it can regulate education so that a student in Princeton and Rumson can receive the same curriculum standards and tests as a student in Newark. So when Johnny in Fair Haven takes algebra, he needs to pass an algebra test devised by the state while another student in Newark will also be required to take the same test.
    Will it work? I don’t think so. After co-teaching in a developmental reading program, I saw many students from urban areas who will most likely, fail at least one class, possibly a semester, maybe even out of college altogether. So now while we can say, “Look we’re a success!,” students aren’t making it through the university.
    To me, it’s not just a question of resources and highly-qualified teachers. It is a question of inquiry, confidence, imagination, and early childhood education.
    I enjoyed reading this blog!
    Thank you,
    Laura

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