Does anyone wonder why the national conversation behind inequality and injustice does not have Education at the forefront of the conversation, or why we keep having conversations about education and the inequity many children face, yet the solutions given are not often acted upon? Why is our education system immersed in testing and standardization when we are all well aware that each and every child is a unique individual, with different learning styles and why are children unable to receive a quality education to bring them out of such poverty to become contributing members of society when we know that an educated person is at much less risk of needing to be on welfare or end up in prison.
Many look to put the blame somewhere.
It’s the government; it’s corruption; it’s a bad system… and on and on. However,
our goal is not to blame. One can play the blame game forever, but the reality
is years have gone by, trillions of dollars have been spent, and little
progress has been made for those who need it most. So, where does the error
It lies with a reactive
system instead of a proactive system, and it lies with standardized education
instead of differentiated education. While we often tell children what to do,
we rarely tell them why or how to do it. Isn’t that interesting? As well, the
error lies in actions that are based in the short term, ultimately making
children that do not achieve or do well in school to become dependent on a
system that keeps them mediocre at best, but usually living in poverty instead
of creating more opportunities to provide for themselves and their families. It
is not to say that assistance is not good, actually, it is necessary as a
short-term solution, but to just give money, food or free medical care does not
stop, and will never stop the cycle of poverty that exists around the world. It
is not the long-term solution. Once the
money, food and medical supplies are gone, people are still going to need to
buy basic necessities; they will still need to eat; they will still get sick
and need medical attention. This is why it is called a cycle of poverty …
people give and those in need, receive. The system needs to be reversed and
create the conversation of how will those in need be able to provide for
themselves without the help of others?
While what has already
happened is something that is out of our control and we can work on creating
better opportunities for adults, which is a reactive approach to what has
happened to them due to inequity and many other reasons, the way to true and
lasting change for the future is providing proactive educational programs for
children and adolescents will help avoid such reactive programs in the future.
Education is the most
important factor to ending poverty. It is an investment, a process that needs
time and nurturing, and it is a solution that works! Just look at Geoffrey
Canada and Harlem Children’s Zone.
Now with the Global Pandemic, new questions are being raised as we look at so many adults turning to the personal development industry. There is so much out there at this time about personal mastery for adults, but what about learning such lessons at a much younger age so adolescents can make informed choices about their futures and change the preconditioning/beliefs/paradigms already set in by society and family? It begs the question, why do we wait until we discover this knowledge on our own at 30, 40, or 50 years old, and why is it not taught at a much earlier age when it truly matters.
The Other Side of Education
addresses the fundamental mission of the Maggio Multicultural Foundation:
create a PROACTIVE system in educating youth so the next generation can make
informed choices to benefit their personal growth and development that is not
based on traditional or societal perceptions.
Our Vision for this program:
Create a curriculum and apply
it, in practice, to at-risk youth who are slipping through the cracks of the
educational system. In order to achieve, they have to believe. If they don’t
believe they can change their outcome or learn to care and love themselves,
they will continuously struggle through life.
Implement the curriculum based
on applied success principles teaching young people not only what success truly
is, but HOW to achieve it, no matter who they are or what their circumstances
may be at this moment, starting in the United States, to pilot the overall
effectiveness of the program.
Create a talk-show that makes
a teen the co-host and partners them to do an interview with an adult that they
admire or have something in common with. The show is based on teens sharing
their achievements, opinions and struggles to find healthy solutions, and
learning lessons from adults who have gone through difficult beginnings and
multiple challenges to rise and be who they are today. All with the end in mind
to help young people relate to other’s stories and ultimately instill within
them the confidence to know they can do it too! These videos and stories will
be used as part of the curriculum.
Present the program and
curriculum on a national level to change current educational policy, making the
study of success and the success principles the foundation of the curriculum. These
principles will be incorporated into the regular school curriculum, making the
study of these principles’ mandatory in school. The curriculum will close the
education gap and educational inequities that have been overlooked for far too
Expand the current virtual
school to facilitate the learning and principles of the new curriculum to be
accessible globally, and eventually provide students the ability to receive
accreditation for their studies from anywhere in the world to give anyone the
opportunity to create a better life for themselves.