Last night, I spoke to a room packed full of community members, parents, teachers, news crews, Board Members & administration and let me tell you 3 minutes goes fast when you are passionate about your topic.
My heart is broken because the people I have the utmost respect and admiration were thrown under the bus BY ME. WHY, I’m too long winded!
Bottom Line: One of the best administrators I ever worked for had a philosophy…
Hire Good People & Watch them Do Their Magic
My point last night was that we have taken away what really matters in education and that is teachers’ ability to assess the needs of their students and MEET THOSE NEEDS.
We are making teachers, people who LOVE children, are passionate about education and the learning process and who want our children to succeed more than anyone else, ROBOTS!!
We have taken their right to teach our children away.
How, by mandating exactly what they teach, how they teach, when they teach it and at what time of the day.
There is no longer time to build relationships and truly engage children. There is no time for children to collaborate with one another, analyze, evaluate, & create. Which, by the way, are the 3 top levels of thinking on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Do we need to teach the standards? ABSOLUTELY, but we need to give our teachers the credit that they deserve and allow them to choose the BEST, MOST EFFECTIVE, ENGAGING & DARE I SAY FUN way to do just that.
Please cut their apron strings and watch them fly! They’ll achieve things with kids you didn’t even know was possible!
Now, GUESS who pays the price for our decisions… STUDENTS, our future. Unfortunately, kids do not have the choice to leave or seek out better options for themselves. They must stay the course. A course dare I say many adults would not be able to handle. I dare you to sit in a child’s seat for a day. We have forgotten how truly little they are. We have thrown best practices out the window in order to cram knowledge down their throats. I truly believe it is coming from a good place, but before putting practices in place for littles I dare you to go through what they do in a day, and then ask yourself, “Is this the best way?”