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ivonprefontaine:

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.

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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…

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About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

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  1. I understand your prospective on administrators but I separated them because admins are usually seen as “educators with badges” and if they are going to go on this role they should have to abide by a higher set of rules. I do agree that there is more need for conversation, especially on the topic of administrators because when they are removed from the classroom and have their head filled with book knowledge they loose intuitive knowledge. Your last two questions have me stumped though, I will have to sit back and think about those two a little.

    Jabreel, thank you for sharing and responding. I know there is a need to consider the ‘management’ aspect of education. I am a stumped about my last two questions, as well. I think it is part of a much larger conversation that is just beginning to take shape. I really enjoyed the candour of your post and like the phrase, “educators with badges.” I wonder if administrators want that?

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