Whether you are an opponent or supporter of the PA School System Assessments there is a general desire to see our young people receive Basic Education that will equip them with the skills they need to become healthy, productive, self- sufficient adults. The debate over how to do this is has been going on for decades. It is our children who suffer the consequences of the choices we make on their behalf. Choices we make based on what we believe our students need.
Many schools have successfully begun to use a Developmental Asset Approach to educating their students. Instead of making assumptions about what students need, asking them what they need, Using a variety of Student Assessment Surveys they were able to help motivate students to succeed. Using the Developmental Asset Approach identified by the Search Institute, we can focus on developing internal strengths and external supports relationships that will help “motivate students to grow and thrive”.
Education of our youth should not be deduced to the economic cost. As a society we are failing to properly educate our young people. We are so focused on “funding” we have all but abandon the goal of providing our students with a “thorough and effective public education”. It may not be easy, but it is possible to help our children Learn to Think.