Agree. I checked the numbers the other day and right now about 35 million kids are in K-8 public schools and about 4 million in private/home school. So that’s a lot, but obviously we have to do what you say and reform the public schools as well as other tactics.
Private schools are far more cost-efficient (2-3X from the data in Wisconsin). We need to tell local school boards that and make them drive change.
We need to volunteer and mentor kids outside of schoool.
Who is teaching kids today the American values we learned? Not some mamby-pampy wussified PC textbook taught by a unionized teacher. Not the church (because far to few attend church). Not the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, etc as they don’t reach enough.
And worst of all - not the family, too many of whom rely on text messaging to communicate and the DVR for information.
We need to nurture and encourage the teachers you describe and step up to help - it’s a battle for hearts and minds.
There HAS to be an ‘education campaign’. That’s where it starts. Into the hearts and minds of the population. There HAS to be a way. It is they KEY. A ‘re-kindling’ (for the older who have forgotten), if you will....or a ‘Renaissance’ (for those who are ignorant).
‘New media’ is the newest way to disseminate information. I’m even thinking that some old methods need to be used. On the ground. Woven into culture. The problem is......people have become so ‘ADHD’ with the Internet...that memes come and go week to week. The news media works the same way.
Something needs to ‘stick’. Something lasting. Something solid.