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.