©2013, 2018 Mirror Image Edutainment, Alan John Mayer
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TEN STEPS TO SHAPING AMERICA’S FUTURE
1. VALUE OUR TEACHERS as we value our entertainers, athletes, CEO’s, soldiers, and land developers. Besides the obvious means of rewarding the effective, and expelling ineffective teachers, here’s how this is done. We pay teachers a salary which allows them to afford a house in the neighborhood in which they teach.
Lawyers do. Why should teaching be any less important than other professions?
2. EXPAND THE LEARNING AGE.
Begin earlier, finish later. An investment that takes twelve years to pay off is not likely to gain support among those who believe we need not extend the education process. We no longer learn something, master it, and move on. Twenty-first century living requires constant learning, from before the cradle, to the grave,
— and beyond.
We must provide opportunities for older students to mentor those in grades they have mastered, under the direction of a teacher. This builds self-esteem in the mentor as well as the mentee. This involvement cuts down on delinquency, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, crime, jails, more lawyers, more judges, more wardens, more janitors, more security guards, more of everything that leads to defeat and destruction, against all intelligent moves.
WE MUST NOT LISTEN TO THOSE WHO MAKE FINANCIAL GAIN OF WAR.
As a requirement to obtain a high school diploma, a minimum of three years study in a language of the student’s choice, followed by six months of study in a foreign country should be obligatory. Students who wish to earn payment toward college funds are given the opportunity to serve six months in The Peace Corps during their final year. This gives our young ones an adventure, as they serve others by digging wells, installing irregation ditches, planting trees, cleaning up the beaches and oceans, learning and teaching irrigation principles to people in villages in emerging economies. This is the adventure of a lifetime no youngster will ever forget.
EVERY CHILD IN THE WORLD NEEDS TO HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH DRINKING WATER, FOOD, COLORED PENCILS, PAPER, AND A DESK WITH A LAMP ON IT.
3. PREPARE MINDS FOR COLLEGE EARLY. As early as second grade, we need to create an invesment fund for students’ future. It was once thought impossible we could have a nurse in every school. We had a nurse in every American school when I was a child. Sadly, we allowed politicians to take our school nurses away. These nurses taught body and dental hygiene, checked eyesight and hearing, promoted a balanced diet, handled small situations and emergencies. Why are school nurses no longer important to us as a society? Why have we lowered our standards so?
SCHOOL NURSES MUST BE REINSTATED.
We must create a fund for each child, matched by the state, the school, businesses, sponsors from within the community, and parents. Students can watch their future grow through programs that reward perfect attendance, outstanding behavior, good grades, and substantial improvement. It’s a perfect Mathematics lesson plan to keeps students busy for the next thirteen years.
INTEREST UPON COMPOUND INTEREST IS THE GREATEST ASSET OF THE LAW OF RETURNS.
Why hasn’t some politician implemented this plan? Is it because they want a quick return, not something as basic as education that takes twelve years to pay off? Many have a vested interest in keeping the public stupid, uninformed, guessing. By college age, funds will be available so every child will have the option to pursue further learning without the worry of having to hold down a full time job while studying. That does not mean students must attend college, but with funds in place, the majority will go on to higher learning. This benefits the student, the teacher, the home, our society, the planet, and the world.
OUR FOCUS MUST BE ON EDUCATION. THE PAYOFF IS IN THE WAIT.
4. UPDATE AND EXTEND TEACHER CREDENTIALING REQUIREMENTS. We don’t improve our schools or strengthen our nation by lowering standards, offering “Emergency” credentials, and soliciting teachers from abroad who in many cases do not even speak fluent English. There has been such an influx of teachers from foreign countries, many NEP’s and LEP’s* among them, who enter the profession on what school district superintendants call an “Emergency” credential.
* NEP refers to Non-English proficient speakers.
* LEP refers to Limited English proficiency.
It’s this “emergency” thinking that gets in the way
of improvement, much like politicians hold the
American public hostage, let the government
go bankrupt after having marked their territory just to keep their egos in place.
WE MUST OFFER EXTENDED COURSES which offer teaching candidates an extra year to obtain a Teaching Credential. During this time, prospective teachers take on learning of spiritual and psychological depth and must present a thesis — now missing in our institutions of higher learning. To name a few, suggested reading materials include but are not limited to the following:
Utopia, 2150 A.D., The Macro Society, The Greatest Miracle In The World, The Road Less Traveled, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the A Boy Alone series, and The First Year Teacher’s Bible by Alan John Mayer.
REQUIRING CONSCIOUSNESS AWARENESS RAISING COURSES
such as Omega Vector Online, will stretch the minds
of potential teachers, making them more aware
than anything I ever learned in the University of
California’s Department of Teacher Training. Check out Omega
Vector. The seminars are free, and most enlightening.
In a world where teachers are murdered before (and with) their students in the classroom, our teachers need to be on top of things. Elevated awareness needs to be a required part of the Teacher training program, as well as does awareness of co-dependency, and their ability to detect mental illness when they see it develop among their students. Early detection saves lives.
PLACING GUNS IN THE HANDS OF TEACHERS IN SCHOOLS IS THE INSANITY OF THOSE WHO STAND FINANCIAL GAIN. THE NEXT INSANE SUGGESTION WILL BE TO PLACE GUNS IN THE HANDS OF PRIESTS.
Teachers today need to be psychologists, and nurses as well, but they can’t replace our school nurses and they are NOT bodyguards. We need to make our schools a safe environment for teachers to work in, for children to learn in, and for administrators to administer.
5. EXTEND THE SCHOOL YEAR. Rather than cutting the school year by ten days to satisfy microscopic money centered greedy thinking, we must think on the macrocosm. Families no longer need twelve children to harvest crops on the farm. Not only will keeping kids in school longer provide more time for learning and guidance, (and free reliable state sponsored child care for parents) as well as increased teacher wages and esteem among the community.
KEEP YOUTH OFF THE STREETS, out of trouble.
This will cut down on the need for ambulances,
coroners, police officers, lawyers, courts,
judges, probation officers, janitors, guards,
supervisors, prisons, and more guards and police.
Japan’s gun laws restrict their yearly gun related killings to an average of eleven (11), while the United States reports upwards of 3,100 gun deaths a year.
WHAT WILL WE DO WITH ALL THE MONEY WE SAVE?
We will send these people out as representatives to beautify Hollywood.
We will enroll them in cleaning up our freeways and parks. Maybe they can even get the homeless to lend a hand. We can build affordable housing for the poor. Hollywood Beautiful is a group of workers who go out and remove grafitti. We will multiply their budget by ten then instill all leftover school administrators. They will go home at night, no longer feeling like unnecessary burdens to society, but ratherl like they have made a valuable contribution to society, their city, state, and country, after a full day under the sun.
Their wives will love them.
Their children will love them.
Their dog will love them.
Their neighbors will love them. And the canary will get to live.
6. REQUIRE STUDENT PARTICIPATION in courses from “Accounting” and
“Shop, Yoga, and Zen”.
Let’s offer “Life 101 – The Owner’s Manual”,
In test schools, teens were required to carry a “BabyLive” infant around with them. The BabyLive infant cried, wet, and weighed them down. Results showed participants learned how to become self-sufficient problem solvers, and most student postponed parenthood by several years — a wise decision for all.
EDUCATION will greatly reduce unplanned,
unexpected, unwanted pregnancies, cut down
on world hunger, child abuse, spouse abuse
substance abuse, lawyers, judges, abortions, police…
7. LOWER CLASSROOM SIZE from forty-seven, and thirty-two, to twenty-three maximum FOR ALL GRADES; not just those below grade 3. Kudos as lately this has been taken as a step in the right direction, but it is only a step. L.A.U.S.D., and other districts, need to take three more steps in this direction. While on the topic, Los Angeles Unified school busses are still major pollutants of the city’s air, twenty-five (now thirty-one) years after I advocated they clean up their act.
Over a century ago it was established maximum classroom learning takes place with 23.
The only thing standing in the way of lowering classroom size is districts’
commitment to mediocrity, greed, and the ego. When a teacher can no longer
control, when discipline is not enforced, TEACHING BECOMES A BABYSITTING JOB.
Lowering classroom size cuts down on overworked teachers whose inspiration has been beaten out of them by careless parents, unaware administrators, paperwork, and low pay. They under teach children who are being held back and limited by the very institution that has been set into place to guarantee them an education. When teachers not on tenure speak up, their contracts are not renewed, and they are removed from the schools. It happened to me.
THANK GOD TEACHERS NO LONGER CARRY A STICK AND ARE REQUIRED TO SCRUB THE FLOORS.
Teachers must teach, not spend the majority of their time
filling out papers to get a broken window or light replaced,
or filling in bubbles on district surveys while ‘trying to’
discipline students who will take control of a situation
when they see the teacher has lost it.
8. BEGIN TEACHING LISTENING SKILLS from first grade on, little by little. There is no excuse why this most important life long skill has not been offered long ago. Some colleges have stepped on the bandwagon. We need to extend this down the line. But first, some of our teachers need to learn listening skills themselves. What an opportunity for all. We waste time teaching children facts and information about things they will never use, but listening is golden. I recommend every high school form a Toastmasters group, where leaders are made.
FEW SKILLS CAN BE CONSIDERED AS IMPORTANT AS LISTENING.
9. CHANGE OUR RATIO OF TEACHERS TO ADMINISTRATORS to reflect the one-to-sixteen ratio between the number of administrators overseeing teachers. On average, our schools employ one teacher to oversee thirty students. The ratio between the number of administrators overseeing teachers is one to sixteen – more than half that of the teacher to student ratio.
This makes the statement teachers need more supervision than children.
This is ridiculous, and scandalous, though in some cases, I have filled
in for teachers who needed more supervision than the students they were
teaching. Those are the sad cases who must be removed.
MOST ADMINISTRATORS ADD NOTHING TO THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS. They are pencil pushing, book followers who create and attend endless meetings, with secretaries who take minutes and waste hours. Most serve only their ego. Cut administrators by eighty percent, yes, — 80%. Place half that budget into the classroom, and our schools will function forty percent better on that merit alone.
SEND FAT CAT ADMINISTRATORS back into the classroom to learn, or retire them altogether.
Let them plant trees and beautify America as their senior contribution to this world.
I spent three months at LAUSD headquarters, five days a week, seven hours a day
studying administrators, writing of their exploits. I can tell you there is no bigger waste of six digit salaries than the burden these fat cats place on our education system.
ASK AND I WILL TELL.
10. MAKE OUR SCHOOLS INVITING, like Centers of Learning, rather than prisons enclosed in eight foot fences, locking students within gates and chains. Remove the cyclone fences, the chains, the locks, and the grafitti. Create a “Grafitti Wall” where any student can express him, her, or theyself at any time, monitored (as everything is today) to control profanity. I have nothing against gates and locks. As long as they are beautiful and proportionate, and add to the gestalt of the building, rather than take away and give off the energy of a prison.
PICK UP TRASH
START A SCHOOL RECYCLING BUSINESS
Students learn on so many levels. When they learn about horticulture, they are given a chance to dig in the earth, and learn a skill that will serve them for life. A gift donation of as little as twenty dollars can provide chickens or ducks to needy people in developing countries around the world:
Heifer builds hope, health, self-sufficiency, education, prosperity, goodwill, and community around the world that families may keep animals and produce milk, eggs, and various dairy products that they can sustain their families.
We can cut down on our substance abuse epidemic among not only our youth, but among teachers like me, who believe we need less jails, lawyers, judges, probation officers, drug abuse, guards, janitors, and administrators,– and
MORE TEACHERS, MORE SCHOOLS.
When our schools, centers of learning, look inviting, our students won’t see jail as a comfortable alternative.
And now, an eleventh step; spread the word. Read, and introduce into the classroom the story of Prince Alone Bonheur, A Boy Alone — the series. It is my mission to introduce this story into every middle school English course as required reading. You can help by reading some of the posts, liking them, sharing them with your nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters, kids, posting them to your Facebook and Twitter page.
Spread the word. EDUCATION is the only solution that can save America. NOW MORE THAN EVER, IN 2018, OUR POPULACE NEEDS TO BE EDUCATED. Let us pick up our books and pen. Did Malala take the words out of my mouth, or did I take them out of hers?
Thank you for reading.
Alan John Mayer
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