If 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 Our system is not broken, it is simply outdated.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):
- Race to the Top
- Common Core
- 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
- Newly proposed: Self-learning and schools in the cloud
We need to find harmony again in education.
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