Education and Harmony: Our Kids Deserve Nothing Less

Curious Girl with Magnifying GlassIf you haven't noticed, there are so many things going on in education right now, not only in Chicago, but also around the world. Education is going through rapid transformation at all levels. We are viewing great change due to technology, and meeting the needs and unknowns of the future. Our country is now competing globally. It is a challenging effort to begin to draw out the long list of issues to tackle or to create a blueprint for a better education system here in America.

We are scattered amongst unknown territory, resistance, and technology that is moving faster than the blink of an eye. We have new strategies, new ways of learning, and many want to change the system. Our system is not broken, it is simply outdated. However, we cannot bring peace back to education when we choose to move without logic, strategy, research and putting students first. We must remember that students are not guinea pigs, they are children, and they are the future of this country. Unfortunately, as much as many would care to be, we cannot all be experts in education. Rather, we can all bring something to the table to enhance the lives of the communities we serve. We must do this, as our lives are not created from cookie cutters, nor are the lives of our children.

Every community has certain needs, and these needs cover a wide span of differences. However, the goal should always be the same: the success of the student.

In education, we are all over the map, out of sync with each other, and we have lost our harmony.

We need harmony in education. Harmony brings a feeling of peace and security for our kids. It shows we all have a common goal, a shared interest, and a never-ending devotion. We need to be devoted to our kids for their self-esteem, development and success.

Below are just some examples of the changes, initiatives and structures of education, including K-12 and higher ed. Please note, I am not advocating or negating the value of any of these areas. These are simply examples of the many programs and/or techniques being used in education today (and some are being used all at once):

  • NCLB
  • Race to the Top
  • Common Core
  • Assessments
  • Standardized testing by state
  • District testing
  • Flipped classrooms
  • Online learning (K-12 and higher education)
  • Free online learning for adults (MOOC's, Coursera)
  • Free online learning for kids (Khan Academy)
  • Technology in the classroom (or lack thereof)
  • Blended learning
  • College and career readiness
  • Social media
  • Hybrid classes
  • ESL classes
  • Dual language classes
  • Bilingual classes
  • Gifted/Special Ed classes
  • Homeschooling
  • Newly proposed: Self-learning and schools in the cloud

We need to find harmony again in education.

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    Robyn Shulman

    Robyn is currently the Creative Director at Dreams for Kids. She is a certified elementary teacher and ESL teacher in Illinois, who has taught 4th-6th grade, middle school ESL, and ESL to adults. She specializes in the fields of writing, ESL, technology and higher education. She is an academic and career professional advisor for the state of Illinois, the Managing Editor of ED News Daily, and a blogger for Chicago Now. She has been published and/or profiled on Linkedin Today, Edudemic, Reading Horizons, BG Patch, fhytimes, Edutopia, Elmer's Glue, Xavier University News and more. Robyn was recently featured on Linkedin's corporate blog: An Unexpected Journey: 10 Ways Linkedin Changed My Life In One Year. Humbled and honored, she was also interviewed by Xavier University, discussing her life's dedication and work in the field of education, as part of their "American Dream Project," the only collection of American dreamers to date. In addition to her passion for writing, she also has a great love of higher education. She launched and managed the first graduate advising program for National Louis University, supporting over 2,500 teachers. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in ESL.

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