- Janine Shamos
- Johannesburg, Gauteng
- South Africa
Reach for a dream
No child left behind - a global myth
I am a South African who has worked in education for many years but in a classroom and my frustration is that we talk about how vital education is and how education is key to the development of all countries, yet education remains unjust and hard to access. How do we, as everyday people, make changes on a country-wide scale? It breaks my heart seeing how deserving children, who work so hard to claw their way out of poverty, are kicked back at every turn.
Closing Statement from Janine Shamos
The idea of "No child left behind"in terms of education is certainly a touchy subject. The reality is that we in education (policy makers, politicians, and often teachers) are simply not serving the needs of our children. We tell kids that university is a must, that getting a degree is essential - that is not only unfair and impossible to deliver on, but it also doesn't promote the interests, passions and abilities of many of our youth. And when we let down that passion and capability, we are letting down our country's future.