What to know about what you don’t know you know. #1: Intuition is very efficient—if you don't overthink it.
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It’s easy to write about what schools are NOT doing and the problems THEY create. It gets books and articles published, printed and sold. Easy.
It’s way more difficult, challenging and demanding to write about creative solutions. A more holistic approach is required to unravel and understand the demands imposed upon and the complexities of our “curriculum-based” schools...especially tax payer supported schools.
And so while I agree with everything being said in this piece I offer rational and immediate solutions:
1. Make class sizes smaller. This will allow teachers to let students explore THEIR own interests and study what and how they want to study. Let’s put our (taxpayers) money where our mouths are! Let’s stop BLAMING these “curriculum-based” schools (our public schools) and instead start finding solutions. Teachers with more than 17 kids in a classroom simply can’t do an effective job and meet the unique (and time consuming) demands of an (awesome) kid like Fred. It is impossible!!
2. Where are all the bright, creative, and passionate people that are not going into teaching? In private industry, if you want to attract a bright, creative and passionate workforce you increase your salaries. It’s that simple. These people are choosing to work in private industry (especially men) because the pay is way way way better than teaching. (And that’s the number one reason men give for not going into teaching: NO money!) Again, let’s put our money where our mouths are and start investing in our schools.
Smaller class sizes and more competitive salaries for our (free for all) public schools.
These are two solutions. Do we have the will to do it? Or will we just keep falling into the trap of writing about the shortcomings and failures of our currently underfunded and overburdened teachers and schools? That’ll get us nowhere.
Of course, we could discuss privatization as a solution. However, if there is any question about the effectiveness of private vs public schooling the research has been done.
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