Am I Being Overly Critical?
I was scanning the Washington Post yesterday and I ran across this article. This seemingly innocuous sentence floored me:
“In 2005, [Matthew Wheelock] founded Live It Learn It, a program that uses [DC’s] history and landmarks to teach public school students from across the city.”
Why does this bother me?
These public schools hadn’t been using the city adequately before now? Your schools are situated in one of the greatest cities in the United States for public history, and school teachers either are not, or are not allowed, to use the environment for the substantiation of learning? You’ve got to be kidding me.
Please do not misunderstand me: I’m not by any means knocking Mr. Matthew Wheelock or the “Live It Learn It” program.
But why was a non-profit necessary for this? Is it a lack of funding, and Mr. Wheelock’s organization provides the money for these trips? Still, this kind of thing should’ve been a major part of all DC-area schools and their funding plans from the start.
If you can’t learn U.S. history and politics, first hand, as a public school student in DC, where in the U.S. are you going to learn it? As “Live It Learn It” forwards at their website:
“This borders on inexcusable, particularly in Washington, DC, where students are surrounded by – but seldom exposed to – world-class cultural, historical, and natural resources.”
Am I being overly critical? – TL