I was born in India but educated in the United States. I started first grade in the US school system and by the time I got to the sixth grade, I started to feel the pressures of 'fitting in'. This came in both peer pressure as well as getting good grades. I always felt the American system was a system of exclusion rather than inclusion. This is especially evident in the testing system. Why are institutions allowed to judge or label our performance which may haunt us or affect our career path. Education is just the beginning and we learn throughout our life. However we are conditioned to believe that our performance in school will somehow ensure our success. This speech by Matthew Johnston to the Frederick County Board of Education sums it up beautifully. His words are powerful and thought provoking...

 

 

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