Students and parents alike should expect and get the best education possible. School is meant to prepare our keiki for adult life. Yet, somehow along the way, we lost touch with what our kids were learning. Now, we find ourselves attacked by the government for advocating for our keiki and asking questions of our teachers and school boards.
Our chilren are graduating without the necessary skills of learning how to balance a checkbook or the advantages of credit scores and how to keep that score in good condition. Our students are graduating and are not ready for the world. Especially, here in Hawa'ii where the first question they have to ask "how can I afford to stay here?"
The goal is to have graduates who have the necessary real life skills to survive, along with strong scores in math, reading and science. Electives catered to a students career choice. Students that may not seek college for one reason or another will also have made and manintained mentorships with local businesses for job training and possible employment as early as the legal age to work, to be credited on school records.
Relationships are important to suceess, we should be constantly finding ways to help build this skill with our youth.
Its no fun getting kicked out into the real world, with no prospects, no connections, no real education to meet the demand of the job market. We can do better.