What “should” school look like?

In the preceding posts, I’ve been talking about my observations of the current budget battles and conflicting messages we all hear from our political leaders about education being “important” but not funding it as it it were important.

In earlier posts, I suggested that if we shifted our notion about education, we as a society might be able to find a solution. By thinking of school, not as a “warehouse” or place for students to go until they’re old enough to be on their own, but as a real place that grows the next generation of entrepreneurs and employees with the real skills needed to take our economy forward…. what would that look like?

I’m almost certain it would not look like an 8-3 day broken into 50 minute segments of seemingly disparate, unrelated topics.

I’m almost certain that it would not be entirely onground, or face-to-face in a solitary classroom.

I’m almost certain that “success” would not be all-consumingly defined through one, simplistc, high stakes test; not even simply a solitary letter grade would even be sufficient for true evaluation.

But – bless them – educators are caught in a horrible, precarious, challenging situation. Failure to attain “adequate yearly progress” sends their schools, their leadership and yes, even the teachers marching towards a cliff, where if changes aren’t made, radical (and sometimes nonsensical) actions can be taken.

I’m almost certain the employees with such high stakes responsibility would probably be paid more. How can a school teacher give 100% of themselves to our children when they’re busy worrying about working their second job in order to make the house payment? Or pay their student loans?

Thought #3: what would it take to create an educational environment that reflects th needs of tomorrow, pays its faculty approriately, and is grounded in the fabric of the community?

Category: Organizational Management

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