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I've believed for years that one of our professions biggest obstacles is "parent education". Everyone feels they are an "expert" about what goes on in a school because we all share that common experience: pretty much all of us have been in schools. I find parents relate their personal educational experiences, and oftentimes the one remembered is the worst, to their student's current schooling experience. Their old perception is driving the bus on their attitude towards education. If our government and media were to embrace a national campaign to promote the teaching profession I believe it would be a positive leap toward encouraging talented people to join this profession.
And of course offering competitive salaries would bolster the profession as well; we've all seen the salary mathematics that outline the differences between what teachers are paid and what they are worth when investigating all the tasks that we undertake in a day. My personal favorite is the accounting calculations using a teenagers babysitting pay rate.
Support, support, support is another key component.
Thanks for your thoughtful response, Tom, it really made me think!…
This intense reflection has impacted my teaching in a way that no other experience has.
This process is one that took three years and over 1000 hours to complete and is measured against National standards in every discipline. It has changed my teaching. I did not do it for the recognition, but if the administration would offer some type of incentive for this type of professional practice, more teachers will be better prepared and more qualified.…
teaching experience. I thought I would use my teaching skills and experiences to write books for children that explain complicated financial concepts through children's stories. I know we can teach these concepts (which, traditionally, are discussed in college level course-e.g inflation, deflation, risk & return, identity theft etc) to our elementary age school children if we couch these concepts in their daily experiences and in the form of chidlren's stories.
I believe in teaching them early on so that we don't have a repeat of the financial mess we are in..If we can teach our children to look both sides while crossing a street, or to not run with scissors, etc, then we should be able to teach them key financial principles that they can carry all their lives. Why not teach them how to be financially healthy, in addition to being physically healthy?
I look forward to interacting you.
PS: I met Steve Hargadon at a recent CUE conference and have followed him since.…
community development, teachers and community change agents, learning theories and methods with social change theories and methods, etc. A great and promising challenge. I would like to participate in it.
Somehow I have already been part of this conversation and experience for some years. Even if we have in Latinamerica some experience with Paulo Freire, Ivan Illich and others on popular and critical education, and with Orlando Fals-Borda and others on participatory action research, the linkage between both currents has not been easy. The school and University involvement on community based research and development has been difficult; change agents involvement with School and University work and transformation has also been difficult. Politics, policies, socio-economics, ideological debates and more are just some ingredients for a difficult interdisciplinary process. I would like to follow the British and other European experiences.
Just to facilitate our own learning and change conversations, I have organized a 30+ cluster of groups and resources at Twine covering different related domains. Please have a look if some may be useful for your purposes or add some resources from your own experience.
Social Learning Networks
Learning Theories and Methods
Local Community Development
Looking forward for a conversation, best wishes to you