I have been on actively on twitter as an educator for a little over a year, in this time I have found wonderful connections to educators from around the world. I have found incredible resources and insights from educators of all levels. I value all of the people in my growing PLN. One thing that seems missing is a chat/group dedicated solely to Middle School Issues. So after conversations with members of my PLN and encouragement from my principal. I am going to moderate a #mschat starting August 9th at 8pm. This chat will be a twice monthly chat focusing on current middle school issues. I hope this will be a time where middle school teachers can share the great things that are going on at their schools and also talk about the challenges of teaching at this level. I look forward to learning and growing with all of the connected educators out there. See you in 2 weeks.
Day: July 27, 2012
For the past 2 years or so the political world and educational world have be colliding due to the state of our educational system. Many are touting new ideas to “Fix” education. Fingers are being pointed at different parties to blame. Businesses are circling like vultures to pick at the billions of dollars spent in the system.
So how do we fix education? Is there a silver bullet/ one size fits all/ quick fix?
Well the answer to the second question is easy: NO it will be situational fixes that take time.
How: well that is the hard one. Why is the system in need of a “Fix”?
Well in my opinion it is due to our culture shifting away from valuing education and knowledge. Our society let education become what it is today. We as a collective value pop culture, material possession and entertainment over education.
Just look at where the money goes and this is evident. This value shift from hard work and education of earlier generations has had great impact on the educational system. Society needs to shift the focus back to education. Here are a few ideas to get started in the shift:
- Hold teachers in high regard, respect what they say like you do your doctor or lawyer.
- Businesses need to partner with schools to set up programs to assist students.
- Address the hidden curriculum, teacher teach so much more that the core. Poverty needs to be addressed.
- Have pop-culture reflect education as a “must needed value” instead of stars sharing that they made it despite dropping out. Or showing education locations as a “party” back drop.
To truly fix education we need to change society to value education!