Should we be trying to lasso the moon?
Sometimes we miss the opportunities to make an impact right in front of us when we are to busy trying to lasso the moon. In 1965, NASA began using two crawler-transporters to bring rockets to the launch pad. They each weigh six million pounds and carry up to twelve million pounds. The crawler-transporter is still the largest self-powered land vehicle in the world. The only problem is that they cost $14 million each back in 1965, burn 125.7 gallons of diesel fuel every mile, reach a max speed of only 1 mph when fully loaded, and need a crew of nearly 30 highly skilled workers to operate. It would be unthinkable to use these for all transportation needs considering how unnecessarily slow, expensive, and demanding on infrastructure and crew they are compared to the other options. Instead of using one of these for a more typical project a dump truck would do the job much faster and more affordably.
In education, it is often insisted that we spare no expense in providing the best resources for our students. Therefore, we often end up with programs that are big, complicated, hard to train, highest teach, take the longest time, and not always even the best method for the job. What could be called efficiency should be thought of here as precision. Of course, cheap options can fail to reach what is needed maybe even more often than expensive options. But how does one determine if they are wastefully and slowly moving at crawler-transporter speed when they could be cruising along like a light truck.
Many students that begin with poor reading skills or test deficient and struggle in school have been found across a wide range of demographics to remediate quickly with the right training. become remediated at a rapid pace when they are given the Great Leaps Reading intervention. For this tragically large and easily preventable population of students, more intensive instructional methods designed for severely dyslexic students only slow their progress.
So, why is it then that the school systems are not using these quick and efficient interventions if it would help such large populations of non-readers?
School systems are lacking in precision and resources to implement the tools they may have already. That is where training from organizations like the North American Literacy Initiative, or NALI, comes in to train willing volunteers and ministries in our local communities. By combining the fast and effective learning resources of companies like Great Leaps that can see years of advancement in only weeks or months with an army of local trained volunteer, and the technology to monitor data from afar communities are filling that void and changing lives.
While retirees and ministries look for areas to serve their communities and teacher aides and paraprofessionals fill the copy rooms or wait around looking for ways to help students are falling through the cracks. It was with this heavy consideration that Great Leaps was first created, and now NALI joins the fight. We cannot let these children fail to reach their potential when we have the tools and resources to help. Sometimes the large NASA ships are simply to big to handle the daily tasks of serving a child one-on-one and that is where we call on our community leaders to step up and be the difference in these young lives.
We encourage anyone looking to make a difference in a community or a life to visit us on line or call us today to learn how together we can work to reach these future leaders today, not light years from now.