To The Editor:

The American schoolchild, the pinnacle of future innovation and the cornerstone in the next chapter of the free land.

Our children spend 13 years of their life in institutions across the nation in the pursuit of education that will ready them for their life ahead, whether it be college or career. There is only one problem with this equation for success, we are doing just the opposite.

Modern education throughout our country is leading the developing generation of thinkers toward failure and disaster. Ask any child when they come home from school — What happened at school today? Their answer will consist of a proud reply — I got an A on my math quiz, or I passed my history test!

Our children have been trained and brainwashed to take tests and quizzes like it’s their job. Appalled you might be, but it is the truth, it’s their job.

American children now take an average of over 100 standardized tests every school year, spending over 20 hours of classroom time taking those tests. What’s most disturbing is that kids now are more focused on the scores and grades they earn rather that the actual education they receive. Not only does this mentality cause more students to cheat than we have ever had before, but it also sets students up to fail in college and in life.

Do employers give out tests to their employees to base their pay on, do your college professors judge you on how well you take a test? No! You have to actually learn the material to get good grades, and you get paid based on your performance.

While we sit back and watch other nations pass us in subject fields, we make no efforts to confront the problem; as if we had a growing pain but we didn’t go to the doctor, and months later we find out we have cancer. School should be an environment where kids go to learn and enhance their social and mental capabilities, but we have made it a fright-filled wrestling match that only well-trained test takers can succeed at.

The tie is now, and the decision is ours to shape the future of The American Schoolchild.

Sam Dean

A Concerned Student

Pacific