This week is spirit week at my high school. We have a big football game this weekend, and to build school unity teachers and students have themed dress-up days. Today was superhero day. I wore my decade-old Superman shirt.
After school, I began sharing some ideas with a colleague, ideas about how and why standardized teaching must change. The conversation excited me into frenzy, which I guess isn’t difficult since I am passionate about fixing public education. During our conversation, he said perhaps we need an education revolution. My excitement reached a new register. I had been sharing the #edrev idea on Twitter, among like-minded education reformers, but I was not sure many others felt as I did.
I tried to maintain my enthusiasm long enough to explain I had been trying to get support for such a movement. Through my excitement, my colleague looked at my shirt and said, “You’re Superman. Why don’t you fix it?”
I alone cannot fix the system. If that were possible, teachers before me would have made more significant impact. However, in the past three months my baptism into social media in education has given me hope. If educators around the country could join together through social media and create a platform for change, perhaps state and national legislatures would listen.
Our educational system is in need of desperate repair, reform, overhaul, revolution… call it what you will. I am positive if changes are not made, the coming generations of Americans will be ill equipped to handle the challenges of collaboratively leading a world that protects liberty and guarantees freedom to all.
Are you on board? What changes could we make? What areas need immediate or long-term change? What impact could we make tomorrow, next month, or in a year?
In coming posts, I will outline a few ideas I feel passionately about, beginning with standardized testing; passive, lecture-based education; and a lack of relevance of today’s curriculum to the students. I do not have the scholarship to lead all these discussions, but I hope through a collaborative effort we can coalesce behind a common platform of ideas to begin educational change immediately. We need our voices to join together to enact change.
My oldest son started Kindergarten this year. I do not want him to be part of an educational system which forces standardization to a common mediocrity. I want all children to personalize their learning. I want teachers to maintain a high level academic quality in their schools. I want students to be problem-identifiers AND problem-solvers.
Without these changes, I believe we are doomed to live in a mediocrity that public education seems to promote.
*The views above are mine, not those of my employer, just so we are clear.