Open Letter to Education

Open Letter To Education:

Dear Education,

I remember sitting in my sixth grade class waiting to go to the assistant principals office, not because I was in trouble, but because I used to hand out bus referrals to other students for her. I remember being able to talk to her and my teachers about anything, because I knew that they valued me beyond the classroom. I remember feeling safe, not even knowing that they were trying to make ends meet, all while being superwoman to a bunch of 11 and 12 years old. But, education, you knew there was a problem. Instead of giving them more of what you knew they deserved, you took from them.

Here I am, in the same place, as my role models and mentors once stood. Staring in the face of adversity, scrambling to stay sane, all while nurturing and trying to expand the minds of our youth, while like then, you continue to take from us. You take away authority and in return give expectations. You take away an open door, and replace it with hastiness. You take away our passion, and replace it with state standards. You maximize the curriculum, but pull from the connection.

You take away value, and call it no class management. You try and control an overcrowded classroom of students who are hungry, or haven’t been to sleep yet. You take away hope, and give regress. You take away impact, and now all you see is lack. I loved you.

But guess what, I’M TAKING YOU BACK! I don’t believe in complaining, without a solution. Here’s one: Add to the very source that made you who and what you are today. Give back what you stole from the hearts of those who have supported you, even when their paychecks had less. I am the difference, my purpose was to be the difference. How can we expect change, when we dabble in things that did not need to be fixed, but enhanced. Who are we to take away from our children?

I hope this reaches you.

Sincerely,
An Educator

Published by Andrea Pickens and Associates, LLC

Greetings: My name is Andrea S. Pickens; I have several years of experience in education and youth development all of which include teaching and leading youth in under-resourced and economically disadvantaged communities. I believe that it is critical to the academic and over success of our youth to have proper academic and social-emotional support. This support is often found in schools and after-school programs that intervene by providing tutoring/enrichment services and are equipped with effective teachers and leaders. My belief is that each child can learn, but not all children learn the same; diversity and equity is crucial to youth development. It is my mission as an educator, entrepreneur, and servant-leader to equip and empower others in youth development and education to reach our youth beyond the secondary classroom. Yours in Education, Andrea S. Pickens, M.Ed

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