Imagine walking into a shoe store where all shoes were the same. Size, shape, color, and function were the same for all choices. Every customer walks out with the exact same shoe as the customers yesterday as well as shoes that will leave the store again tomorrow. Of course shoe stores do not work this way. People have different shaped feet and need shoes that function for different tasks. Apply this to education. Do schools do a good enough job of “sizing up” each student and finding the right programs for them? Unfortunately, most of the time we are guilty of a “one size fits all” approach to how and what we teach our students. We must learn to start with our students and not the subjects or classes. An effective school must build relationships with its students, their parents, and the entire community. We must design our approach based on each individual student and the unique needs of the school. We need to concentrate on the nurturing of the unique strengths and energies of each student. Everyone has a passion. In order to make learning relevant, we must tap into those passions. A curriculum needs to based on the needs of the students and the community as a whole. The one size fits all aproach makes education an assembly line that tries to force parts for unique machines into a standarized product. It is a system that just does not seem to work as well as it should. I fear that as we move forward with more testing and measuring in the name of improving achievement, we will lose sight of these important concepts and ideas. What is your opinion?