My article, Change in Five Stages: A Former Teacher’s Blueprint to Revolutionize Education has been published by “The Reporters, Inc.” Read the article.
Don’t try reading it walking in the park. If you care about how you, your children, your grandchildren, your neighbor…receive the education they should to become happy, fulfilled citizens, have a seat and take the time to consider. Education affects EVERYONE. And it’s not being done successfully as it is. How we educate and what we teach must evolve.
A couple examples of where education is falling short: huge mental health facilities for stressed and disturbed teens are being built and more proposed. We must educate students not only on how to use technology effectively but how it affects them, personally.
The lemming effect: Far too many high school grads blindly walk down the four-year university path only to find out it’s a dead end. They’ve amassed huge amounts of debt with no degree…nothing to show for it and no way to pay it off. We’re all aware of the student loan crisis. We’ve all heard that community colleges should be utilized to keep over-all college costs down and help students discover what direction their post-high school education should be taking them, be it academic or vocational. This sort of discovery—what a student’s interests and aptitudes are—should be happening in high school and even before.
Maybe the most important way our education philosophy is failing is highlighted by a Dalai Lama quote: “My hope and wish is that one day formal education will pay attention to what I call ‘education of the heart.’ Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of their curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.”
AND, that education needs to start before they get to kindergarten…before, as our ex-Pres has said: “The lines of division have hardened.” Unless you’re of the ostrich classification, I’m sure you’re realizing even more lines are hardening daily. Changes are needed. Funding is needed. Your attention, as student or parent, is needed.