A Proposed Solution to National Academic Assessment Stagnation

The U.S. education system has a report card produced by the N.A.E.P. (National Assessment of Educational Progress) - it's basically our country's report card on education.

For the past two decades, we have seen a plateau of averaged national results.

I believe this plateau is not the result of academic missteps as much as it is a realization that our classrooms, in connection with the communities from which students are being sent in to our classrooms, are seen as a 2-dimensional academic institution where age and knowledge are rated on a 2-dimensional scale and both the students and the school staff have always been attune to this aspect of the institution.

The dynamic development of the human individual, in relation to the social and societal implications of human groups e.g. classrooms and schoolyards, have only recently begun to be taken seriously. Too high of a percentage of school staff do not agree that schools inherently imbue cultural expectations on both the academic as well as the social and emotional development of individual humans. This results in schools dismissing the critical impact that this understanding of human development has on social conflict which occurs daily under the umbrella of a school's perspective toward societal roles and responsibilities of individuals.

Too many teachers have grown up being taught that school is for academics and home is for learning right from wrong. Yet how many schools are in communities of poverty and feeling the effects of community stress and mental health concerns - all of which enter the school doors with every child that is dropped off by their guardians as they drive off to their world of stress and uncertainty.

It continues to be shown that areas of poverty have a strong correlation to areas of high mental health rates in adults. To attempt to refute this is only a means to distract from the perspective that funding for mental health is and always has been an imperative need which policy writers continue to find surprisingly challenging. I find solace in the efforts being made such as California's new mental health line for preventative mental health crises. Click the image below to read more about that.