This is a movie-that at this point-has an unhappy ending

Hundreds of students in Oklahoma graduate from high school each year without basic reading, writing and math skills. They have a diploma but, like a car with no engine, they can go nowhere. Many of them just give up.

Parents see A’s and B’s on student report-cards. In many districts, the grade point average for seniors is 3.2 to 3.4. Yet, in many districts approximately 3 students out of 4 fail the state standardized tests at the end of the year, and ACT scores are very low.

Because of the high grades on the report-cards, students are not aware they lack the knowledge and skills needed for an easy transition to the next phase of their education. They enroll in college thinking they are very smart, and struggle. Many have to take at least one remedial class. And some, are so devastated, they drop out of college altogether.

In the world of student academic performance, Oklahoma is at the very bottom. Oklahoma is 50th in the United States. The United States ranks 22nd in the world. If this status was in football, residents in our community would not tolerate it.

Some will say, “We need better teachers.” But, this lack of basic skills is not just a ‘teacher’ problem. It is a ‘culture’ problem. In order to improve the quality of education, the culture needs to change. Parents must be educated so that—

Parents demand a quality education from—

  • their school boards
  • their teachers
  • their students

Right now, parents, teachers, students and even some school board members consider education as just an annoyance, a road block students must sit through to get to sports, band, cheer, AG, golf and other activities. 

Oklahoma is 50th in the nation for education, but many local districts rank even lower than that! Life will be much harder for hundreds of Oklahoma students, because they lack basic knowledge and skills.

The ending of this movie is up to you. Not the teachers; but the parents. The culture must change. Oklahoma has the public education it deserves, but the students suffer in the long run.

As long as parents ignore the importance of education, and as long as the first question asked of the Superintendent by school board members at a board meeting, is “Can the students have limos to get to Prom?”, the educational future of Oklahoma students may well remain last in the nation.

Dreams are the destination—
Education is the vehicle that
takes you there