Education in the New World – Part I
I’m presenting today’s blog as an invitation to enter into a creative dialogue – specifically around the topic of education. I don’t know about you….but I’m FED UP with the current system of education (and our government’s insidious involvement therein). While I’m “enlightened” enough to recognize this isn’t changing today and grateful for the way in which my own children are being mostly well cared for…I can’t help but KNOW there has to be another way. As our governor, the infamous Scott Walker, proposes $2.6 billion cuts to public education and has cemented $300 million in cuts to higher ed., the time is NOW to start this discussion. In today’s blog, I will set the stage and later this week, I will share my dreams about what education could look like in the new world. As I know I am not the only one concerned about the direction of public education, I ask you: What are your dreams?????
Who am I?
Who am I to speak on the topic of education? I am a mother of school-age children. I have been a student myself and I am currently a student in a graduate-degree program. More than this, I am an attentive parent – closely involved in my children’s education. I have set standards for their achievement and hold them accountable to those standards. When these standards are not met, we look first at why…..have they been applying themselves, is there a learning style issue or is the issue with the model of education being put forth? Is it the teacher (while rare, this is sometimes the case). Then, we work TOGETHER in making sure THEIR needs are being met in achieving what I know they are capable of. We reach out to teachers for further support where necessary and overall we foster a team approach. All that being said, I acknowledge that I can only really speak to the question of education from my own perspective and within my own area of expertise – which BTW is human development in general, and supporting women, men and children in becoming self-actualized, specifically.
Teachers – it’s not their fault!
The current debacle of public education is NOT the teacher’s fault. While there are exceptions to the rule, I have found that the VAST MAJORITY of teachers have nothing but our children’s highest good in mind and they work very hard to support our children’s learning. Teachers work hard, put in long hours (many more than what they are paid for) and often fund the supports they want to offer their students out of their own pocket. With the current system of public education, teachers are not, in fact, allowed to use the gifts and passions they have been given to TEACH, but have instead been made slaves to data entry and standardized tests, imprisoned by the common core, and bound and gagged by the requirements of No Child Left Behind….which many now understand has failed in its mission, now leaving EVERY CHILD BEHIND! In order to facilitate education reform, we need the help of our teachers – to inform us of what we can do to help them do what they do well when they are allowed the freedom to do so.
Please add your voice to this discussion and stay tuned later this week for more on Envisioning a new model of education for a new world!