March 19, 2010

In Texas (and other places, too), people with personal agendas decide public school curriculum. Religion and personal opinion from people who are not experts decide what kids will learn. How can this be true? These individuals decide what is history and decide what is science and decide…

Here’s an idea: How about I decide, based on my personal experience and expertise and bias, how to drive a bus or build a house or conduct brain surgery? Do you want me doing that to you?

In a global economy and an interconnected world, the USA lets each state decide what education is. A really big state, like Texas, dominates what textbook publishers will publish for most every state. With this approach, we provide a randomly-educated, personally biased, self-limited cadre of kids whose knowledge cannot get them hired in most countries in the world. Yup. That’s how to succeed in the 21st century.

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A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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