required extensive reflection with the goal to developing, establishing and reinforcing best practice. This was a worthwhile endeavor and the time involved was extensive.
I have been a member of the School Board in my town for 24 years and have been a teacher for over 30 years.
Problems in education- insufficient time
1. time to spend on reflection.
2. Teaching is the only profession that does not allow for time for colleagial dialogue. It is a big deal if and when teachers have 1-2 workshop day every year to plan curriculum and there is of course no time to discuss issues before they become problems.
3. Profession is dictated by non-professionals. It is assumes that everyone can teach and that is just not the case. We do not allow the medical profession to be micromanaged by the patient, we do not allow the legal profession to be micromanaged by the client. Teaching is the only profession where laws and policies are established with no input from those who are actually teaching, with no dialogue as to the impact upon the daily lives of teachers and students.
(take the current emphasis placed upon testing-paper/pencil testing is the least meaningful way of establishing what a student knows.)
How many paper/pencil tests do adults take in their daily lives. Do paper/pencil tests make one a better accountant, teacher, doctor, lawyer, snow plow operator, parent and so on? The only reason for paper/pencil tests is they are easy and less expensive to administer, correct, and keep track of. They do not measure what is important-application and generalizing of knowledge to become a better citizen, a more productive worker and a better parent.
Until sufficient time for dialogue, mentoring, and problem solving is allowed and teaching is given the importance it deserves, there will be little chance for improvement.
Thanks for the opportunity to respond.
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!…