Thursday, October 24, 2013

8 Things We cannot Accept in Education

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While I normally try to put my own thoughts into this blog, today I have simply copied another
person's work. I read this blog post yesterday and could not agree more with it.
I hope you take a few minutes to read Justin Tarte's views on our current state of education:

Saturday, October 12, 2013

8 things we can't accept in education

We can't accept what's been done 
in the past as the 
only way to do things in the future.
 Obviously changing just for the sake 
of changing is not appropriate, but we
 can't ignore the changes that are
 happening all around us, and as such
 there must be corresponding changes
 in education.

We can't accept not teaching
 the 'whole' child. More and more 
frequently our students are entering our
schools with needs that extend far 
beyond just 'learning.' In order
 for education to be successful,
 we can't ignore the external
 factors that play a critical role
 in what we do in education.

We can't accept working in 
isolation and working in silos.
The world is rich with opportunities
for collaboration and
there is no possible way
to argue that we aren't stronger
as a team and stronger working together.

We can't accept that our content is more important than 
the relationships we establish with our students. It is with
 almost absolute certainty that students won't care about your
 content if they don't care about you. Develop strong relationships
 to truly bring your content to life for your students.

We can't accept and continue to allow educators to believe
 that integrating technology into instruction is optional.
As individuals, we can choose to ignore the influence of
technology in society, but as educators we are robbing our
students of experiences they will need to be successful.

We can't accept and continue to think that learning is 
limited to what happens within the four walls of a classroom.
 Learning can't be contained and learning can't be defined
by man-made structures. Learning is everywhere and
learning is all around us... education needs to acknowledge it.

We can't accept and continue to believe we have 
an achievement gap. In reality, we are facing an 'opportunity gap'
that continues to divide the 'haves' and the 'have-nots' between
equitable and equal access to educational materials and resources.

We can't accept and can't allow ourselves not to be
 held accountable. We as the educators are responsible for
 what happens in our schools, and it's that responsibility that
 makes working in education awesome.

JUSTIN's Link: