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**Warning **  I am fired up today!

This week I have been faced with the harsh reality of our culture, our values, and where we MUST do better.

That is a really bold statement and a bit unclear…  let me clarify.

I sent my baby off to Kindergarten yesterday 🙂

photoOur school district has adopted a new set of standards called the “Common Core”.

From what I understand (and I haven’t really looked at it much) these standards are being adopted because here in Oregon we are just not hitting the mark with our test scores and academic performance.

The administrators are really “excited” about “Common Core”… 

As I watched the seemingly never ending line of kindergarteners heading to their classroom yesterday, 31 to be exact in Maddox’s class, this question came to mind.

“How can we change the standards when we haven’t done anything to ensure that our children are in an environment in which they can effectively learn? “

We need a complete overhaul of our education funding, complete overhaul.

Teachers need help and everyone’s children deserve a quality public education.

I am concerned, to say the least.

Maddox isn’t even the one I am concerned about.

What about the Brayden’s of the world?  The sweet kids who learn differently?  The kids who have challenges with reading and writing and need extra help?  

They can’t get the help they need through the school unless they are two years behind grade level.

When they get to that point, what will their self esteem and self confidence look like? 

Because they know.  They know they are behind.  They know that they don’t get it as fast as the other kids.  They know when they walk into the classroom and the teacher has written instructions on the board that they can’t read.  

Those kids’ parents get encouraged by the pediatrician to have them privately tested for learning issues and processing disorders… to the tune of one to two THOUSAND dollars.

My next soapbox… insert NOW.

Does insurance pay for educational testing for children?  NO.

The exception is if it is a result of neurological trauma or developmental.

But it does pay 100% for type 2 diabetes, obesity management, substance abuse treatment, and many other things.

Some could argue that substance abuse does not fall into the category of a disease of lifestyle and I can get on board with that to some extent, but Type 2 diabetes has everything to do with lifestyle and dietary choices.

What does that say about our culture and our values?

We must do better.  We need to put education first, our children first, our health first.  

We need to empower people to make healthy choices before they get sick.  

We need to fund education and prevention and not disease management so that we can place value where it is due.

Period.

What gets you fired up?  Where do you see that we have to do better? 

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