There are excellent points in this article, but some areas of concern. The role of students, educators, and school provided insight into a different way of thinking about education. I disagree with the premise that administrators are a separate group, although they seem to be. Are administrators not educators themselves? I once met a retired educator who when I was introduced as a teacher and had something in common with her, she responded, “Oh, I was a principal” making it sound like I was inferior by remaining a classroom teacher. In recent years, I have witnessed this desire among many teachers to escape the classroom. We are teachers first. If not educators, what is our role? What about children who needs help? What do we do to raise them up? I think this article is a starting point for a conversation.
Originally posted on Cooperative Catalyst:
Education is something that is vital to the existence of a country where financial prosperity is something that is universally longed for. This is because that in order to reach financial prosperity one must reach a level of knowledgeable prosperity that unlocks the true innovator within them. However, if our countries goal is to allow for everyone to reach a level of financial prosperity then its time for us to sit down and come up with a dedicated pathway to delivering education with equality, equity, loyalty, and dignified passion in mind. If this is our goal then it is time for us to do away with the days where our educational system is balanced on the practice of every child left behind and every teacher for themselves. The time has come where we must push forward, with dignified loyalty, professional reservation, and universal respect for the student, the classroom, and the privilege to earn and hold the title Educator.
If we are going to reinvent education, revolutionize the way it’s delivered, and renew the drive that was once behind the educators entrusted to deliver its time we stop in action and evaluate our current direction. We can no longer wait for a savior to save what is far from savable. For this voyage to the pathway for reinvention of education to happen it’s important that we redefine what education means and what education is. We must not stop there though, we must redefine the role of educators and their position and we must redefine the meaning of school.
Students: Students must no longer be seen as incompetent subordinates who are subjects of a grand experiment of what and what doesn’t work. In the reinvented model of education we must treat students as young innovators and future leaders. Their potential must no longer be limited to what’s in the lesson plan and their knowledge must no longer be mitigated to what’s on the test. Students must be given the opportunity to exceed the norm instead of defining it and students must be given the chance to be themselves instead of being forced to conform to the model of typical. Students must be given the opportunity to be the extraordinary individuals they are and must no longer be held to labels that disrespect them. Students must no longer be subjugated under the premise of positional dominance.