e ornamentation on it from time to time, but esentially they don't need to review, revise, reframe, renew, nor do they need to become familiar with new techniques of research, presentation and communication. What rubbish!
In one of the most complex real-world tasks ever conceived (which is what I regard teaching as), teachers need time to to develop. Many will take that themselves, at the cost of their families. Teachers need time to implement new modes of learning, new modes of community.
Teachers need time to review the teaching of their subject, the psychologies of children. It's all very well that I have mastered mathematics, say. But it's another thing to have mastered the teaching of mathematics, have understood the various and varied conceptual stumbling blocks, have strategies to challenge, repair or replace misconceptions of the subject/s.
After a while, more is less. More face to face creates higher drudge levels, greater disconnection and disaffection and defeat not only amongst students, but also amongst teachers.
And, whilst it may be simple to blame teachers in a broad-brush tar-and-feather style, the fact is that it's largely the group of teachers you've already got who will be the group of teachers to transform educational outcomes. (or is there a a hidden cohort of 94000 US teachers poised, and ready to take over?)
Quality out-of-class time is needed for quality in-class teachers. (Oh, and I don't mean out-of-class time that's wholly locked up in formal programs: quality time can well be time reading, time talking, time 'playing' with computer tools, projectors, IWB's, motion sensors, video recording of experimental data...)
Ah, I feel better now! Soapbox, anyone...?…
tch with interest the world around me and to contribute in meaningful ways to grasp the shifts in social and economic and business and environment etc.To create a dialogue where I have a place and therefore my students too can create that dialogue. Its like I can pass on the skills to mapping the tides... social/cultural and jobs in particular.
Guiding how to observe multiple strands of divergent opinion/trades/fashions and make sense of them-create something new.
Thinking skills, feeling skills, relations with others skills,the rest can just follow! Preferably grab the topics they love and just use those as the basis for research, inquiry, design. Make everything transferable, find the interests, find the links,find the people.
Social media means students can now connect with the SOURCE! Not textbooks but the authors themselves and their mentors...Information gathering/editing/remixing/multimedia etc
We need to be teaching the fundamentals of being human and recent research on mind/emotion/body intelligence etc. It doesn't matter which job/subject if we have the basics we/our students can apply ourselves to anything and invent new work.Isnt that what employers are crying out for now? Emotional Intelligence, depth, creativity, flexibility,think for yourselfers? Lets go there!
I especially feel that entrepreneurial education is paramount in the work ready mix.
Fundamentally children and youth should be at the top of our social apex.(triad perhaps of Earth/Spiritual realm/Children) Everyone closest to them next in the apex...parents and teachers waay up there! 'Industry' should be at the bottom supporting holding everyone up...I'm not at all surprised (every)things are in crisis. Its completely downsideup!
Oh blah Ive said too much but education is soo (dis)connected!…
pplied for in the junior or senior year, but that is too late!
The U.S. needs merit-based college access for teens. e.g. a series of Savings Bonds that you earn from your own school and out-of-school academic efforts from the time you are 13 - a "Teen GI Bill" (standing for Global Innovation), to encourage and support 21st Century knowledge and skills needed for U.S. participation in the global economy.
The in-school and out-of-school learning that qualifies for bonding should be required to integrate technology, global communications, entrepreneurship, and the science, engineering mathematics and fine arts (media arts especially) in small team and leadership and creativity-evoking learning situations that achieve measurable educational outcomes.…
hen we now focus on the "Medical Industrial Complex" as opposed to those bad guys from the 60's the "Military Industrial Complex".
The resistance to Government provided Health Care is not focused on denying care to people, but rather, denying control to the Federal Government. The benfits of this law, "no pre-existiing condition denial", no limits on costs of treatments, family coverage to the age of 26......are all the sheep's clothing disguising the wolf within. That wolf is the predisposition of the current administration and the "social democrats" in Congress that desire to control all aspects of our lives and economies.
Dave, I really do not want my government to dictate what foods I am allowed to purchase. OH! Salt is no good, we're going to make you live longer!
OH! TransFats are no good (They replaced animal fats in the early 80's), now were french fries fried in Palm OIL! YUK!
I guess thay want us to live "healthy" until we drop dead from boredom.
We will be a bunch of healthy corpses!
2 million people die in the US each year! What's going to happen to the "Funeral/Cemetary Industrial Complex" if we all live another 5-10 years! They'll go out of business, they'll need a bailout! Cemetaries will become overgrown, grave diggers will be on unemployment, when you do die, no one will be there to dig the grave....It will be a GRAVE RECESSION!
MAYBE we'll go green! SOYLENT GREEN!
There Ya' Go! Real re-cycling! (thank God for SciFi, it predicts the future)
Every now and then a Freudian slip will reveal the "social justice" intent. When Maxine Waters explained to Exxon-Mobile that their (Congress) intent was to "socialize" Exxon, she quickly attempted to adjust her words. Oh! I know, she really did not mean what she said.
Geez! So many politicians don't mean what they say! How conveinent!
"Think before you speak" / "Say what you mean and mean what you say"
I did a little quick math before. The GNP for Health care is 2 trillion dollars, I divided that by 300 million people. That comes out to $6,666.66 per person per year. BUT...The GNP covers all tranactions for a particular industry, I assume that it covers wages, costs of doing business, production, delivery, transportation and many other factors. So, this is a very accumulative figure. I'd like to parse it up a bit.
My next task is to determine/estimate the actual pay out to the providers of health care on a national basis. I should be able to get estimates from MediCare, Medicaid, and total out of pocket expenses.
I am certain that exact values exist within each segment.
This crazy country of ours was founded by defying tyranny.
Do we still teach these words "Give me Liberty or Give me Death!"
See! I remember something from High School American History!