Dear Mrs. DeVos
My name is Bryan Diaz and I am a senior at Atlantic Community High School. I am a direct product of the public school system. I am grateful for what the public school system has allotted me, as well as the opportunities it has presented to me, such as the International Baccalaureate program. Similar to all great public systems, the public schools system always needs reform in order to move a system forward and obtain the best results for the students.
I understand the complexity of the position that you hold, as well as the weight of each decision that you make. There are not many jobs that have similar future implications than the United States Secretary of Education does. The pressure and responsibility you hold is immense, and because of this I would like to formally thank you for your service, not only to myself, but to the children of the United States.
I would like to provide you with some possible suggestions for reform from a student’s point of view of the agency you currently lead. These are many possible areas for reform that I have seen throughout my 12 years in the public school system.
First and foremost, I would say that the public education system does not provide the proper education for kids at either ends of the intelligence spectrums. Kids who are considered gifted are forced to sit through classes in which they are not academically challenged. There are also many children who have a harder time with school that are forced to sit through classes which do not allow them to get the attention that they need as a member of the public education system. These are students who are as equally deserving of a fitting education as any other student.
Another issue that I feel is prevalent in the public school system is the fact that there is an agenda of conformity being pushed upon the students. As you know, Common Core is already in 44 of the 50 states and is making the students all go along the same path. I am well aware that you do not support Common Core, and that you personally feel that it is not beneficial for the public school system. Common Core forces a mindset onto the students, in which they are forced to believe that there is only one pathway to success, and this is simply not true. Success itself is defined differently by everyone. Having a Common Core system that supports only one way of thinking does not allow students to fully express themselves.
I would like to thank you once again for your service to your country, and to the educational future of the United States of America. Although many try to continually criticize the public school system, in my opinion, it is doing a very good job at the moment but there is always room for improvement. I hope this letter will help you get a better look into the way a current student of public school system views public schools and where change could be put into place.