We have developed an education culture that wrongly forces teachers to prepare students for tests instead of developing critical thinking skills that can carry over into their careers. It is important that we begin to respect teachers as professionals and trust that they, along with parents and local employers, can work to determine the best path of preparation for adulthood for our nation’s youth. These divides will continue to grow unless our elected officials shake things up and start thinking about education on a more micro level rather than a national one. Every student is different and has a different way of learning. Teacher developed curriculum will allow the flexibility for us to stop trying to fit every student into an identical mold, and will also foster 21st century critical thinking skills for modern careers.