Linda Christas

Student Advocacy Group

Enthused StudentsThe Linda Christas Student Advocacy Group is a political action committee that works toward the reform of the so termed "one-size-fits-all" education delivery model for high school and middle school students.

Background

During the late 19th century, two men, John Dewey and William Harris, advocated an educational system in the United States modeled after training methods used by the Prussian military. Dewey and Harris both understood that the Prussian system, with its use of bells, whistles and klaxons, combined with time limited subject segments throughout the training day, was effective in establishing disciplined behaviors, as well as delivering relevant subject modules in impartial ways. What Dewy and Harris also realized was that the Prussian delivery training model provided few adjustments for individual differences in aptitude, learning style, interests and skill levels.

While Linda Christas supports the position that there may have been, and still may be, substantial merit in using such a system when the object is to train individuals to react in synchronized fashion, Linda Christas maintains that such a system is largely inappropriate for today's middle school and high school students, especially given the value industrialized societies place upon creativity, and the subsequent relationships between creativity and individual fulfillment within those societies.

Mission

Successful StudentsThe Linda Christas Student Advocacy Group works toward the broadening of school accreditation criteria, particularly at the middle and high school levels. To this end, Linda Christas petitions and consults with a wide range of persons within the larger education community. This includes teachers, school administrators, school boards, parent organizations, school accreditation committees, as well as federal, state, and local government officials.

Currently, there remains much work to be done. The great majority of middle and high schools both in the United States and elsewhere continue to rely upon pre-planned curricula and standardized methods as mainstays for educational services delivery.

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