From the Blog: Mobile Home on Main Street

1. WE ARE LIVING THROUGH SOME EXTRODINARY, DYNAMIC TIMES IN EDUCATION AND HISTORIANS WILL REMEMBER THIS PERIOD AS THE START FOR HOW EDUCATION BEGAN TO CHANGE.
2. WE ARE CHOOSING TO IGNORE THE FUNDAMENTAL ECONOMIC PICTURE OF OUR NATION AND THE IMPLICATIONS ON FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE.
3. MOST SCHOOL PERSONNEL, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, ARE STILL IGNORING NUMBERS 1 & 2 ABOVE, AND FAILING TO EMBRACE CHANGE AND HOLDING ON TO “THE OLD GUARD AND STATUS QUO” WHICH WILL LEAD TO COLOSSAL FAILURE IN OUR SCHOOLS.

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5 thoughts on “From the Blog: Mobile Home on Main Street

  1. I read these blogs and don't know how to respond. Maybe I am just not deep enough to understand why everyone keeps talking, talking, talking about change, but nothing seems to happen!

    Let's stop talking and DO SOMETHING. Let's get those career paths going. Let's have more electives in our subject areas so kids can choose things that interest them. Let's offer some coursework that can lead to job certification. LET'S JUST DO IT!

    I guess my point is that these philosophical treatises are fine, but I would rather read about actual, concrete changes that can be made…SOON.

  2. I am afraid that change in a school setting is just not that easy. But you are helping! It has to be "we have to change" as opposed to "he says we have to change" for something lasting to take hold. I believe we are closer today than we have been. You need to agitate and request change amongst your peers!

  3. I'm with Pam. My personality is such that when I see something that needs to be done, and I start talking about how to fix it and make it better, I just want to get to work on it. I'm not saying run headlong into oblivion without a clear plan just for change-sake, but we should at least be doing more "hey, this is going to happen"-type stuff to get people to realize this is for real.

  4. I want change, too. I can't change the fact that our kids have to take the PSAE, or that all students are required to take 3 years of math before they graduate high school. In the meantime, though I can make changes in my classroom. I still have to teach Geometry or Algebra – which may seem irrelevant to a lot of kids. I can hold the standard high, and make them work harder in my class than they have to in other classes. Whether or not they'll use the information later in life doesn't really matter then. Students who've met my expectations will have learned the value of hard work. Well, they should anyway.

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