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For the last 100 years, our school system has gone from the best in the world to no longer competitive. How did that happen? And more importantly is there anything you can do about it?

The good news is YES, there is something you can do. The problem is you might not like answer. Part of the reason you might be upset is because as you read this blog, you will start to realize you have been lied to for decades.

But I don't want you to get mad. That's part of the problem. America was put on notice we had an educational crisis in the 1980s by former President Ronald Reagan and over the last 40 years we have done nothing to fix it.

Other experts will lie and say, America has done a lot, like pass federal legislation, change funding formulas, and also increase accountability, but as you will learn in this blog -- none of those things work.

So when I say America has done nothing to FIX THE PROBLEM - that's exactly what I mean. Passing new laws and changing funding are distractions. And as you will learn in this blog, "accountability" is a joke.

I have been a recognized expert in the field of education since 2017. Because of that, I am asked all the time, "How can we fix our schools?"

That's what this website and Leaf Academy is all about. If there's a problem, there's a solution for that here!

What is Actually Going On Inside America's Schools?

I have over 20 years of experience in education. I am not an outsider, I am a true K12 insider, which means I know what is happening inside the classroom, inside the principal's office and inside the Superintendent's office. I know why teachers, administrators and parents are mad and upset at each other.

Here's what's happening?

There is a toxic culture inside every school that tortures teachers on a daily basis and isolates them into thinking they can't do the job. Administrators and parents then point the finger at teachers and blame them for the poor quality education in the classroom. Afterall--the teacher is in charge of the classroom, correct?

Meanwhile, administrators spend most of their day running around like a chicken without a head because teachers are so frazzled and isolated that they feel hopeless and give up. That means administrators have to pick up the slack inside the school. Except every task an administrator does is invisible to teachers, so they feel like the administrators don't care about them as professionals. Thus more finger pointing occurs.

Meanwhile, the students are being forced to do "busy work" that maybe had value in 1980, but is a huge waste of their time in 2022. So when parents see the work packets their kids are being asked to complete, parents are asking, "Is this the best our schools can do?"

Accountability is a Joke

Other experts will say that America has done a lot to fix our schools. They will point to the "No Child Left Behind" law passed in 2002 or the "Race to the Top" initiative in 2008. 

If you're not familiar with either of these two federal laws, it's really ok. They both did nothing. They and the Washington elite that passed them are a joke.

But here's the biggest joke you need to know. Under "No Child Left Behind," the federal government said it was going to start holding "schools accountable" for poor performance. That's why students are forced to take high-stakes standardized tests and why the Common Core Standards were created.

Here's the truth about that. You can't hold "OTHER" people accountable. 

Even Jesus knew that, which is why he said don't blame the Romans, "for they know not what they do."

The truth is the only person you can hold accountable is YOU!

The minute you point the finger or try to blame others for problems affecting you, you give up POWER and control over your life. And once you do that, you feel powerless and hopeless. 

Does that describe how Americans feel about our educational system? Do you feel powerless to change things? Do you feel hopeless that our school system will ever be good again?

The reason things are so bad is because YOU gave away your power. 

Finding Your Voice

If you truly want better schools, and you want to be part of the solution, then you need to first find your voice. You need to RECLAIM your power. And the only way to do that is STOP BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE. 

If you are a parent, stop blaming teachers. If you are a teacher, stop blaming administrators. And if you are an administrator, stop blaming the government.

I know it's hard to stop pointing the finger. It's easy to NOT take personal accountability and responsibility. It's much easier to say, "They caused this problem!"

But you know the truth. You know things will only get better if YOU do something to fix it. Who is going to work harder to fix schools than YOU?? 

Overcoming the Feeling of Being Powerless

The first step to fix schools is helping you overcome the feeling of being powerless. That's not reality. It's a lie you have heard a thousand times until you believe it to be true. You are not powerless. You can help fix your local school.

If you want to learn how you can be part of the solution, download the FREE Fix Your School Guide, "What Each Stakeholder Can Do to Change the System". Just follow the Yellow Button to download the FREE Guide.