Welcome to the first Monday Moanin of November. During this election season , education policy has been discussed by candidates at all levels of government. For today’s blog , I am posing 5 questions about education. Consider using them at staff meetings, PTSA gatherings, and among colleagues. They will provide a fine opportunity for discussion and reflection.
- If teaching is an important profession, why is the trend across the country to reduce both their pay and benefits?
- Is education reform preparing today’s learner for the 21st century? 20th? 19th?
- Why is the reform movement focusing on test scores, instead of looking at the elephant in the room, poverty?
- Why do we look at data by comparing last years students scores to this years students scores?
- Are school district’s focusing too much on college readiness? What is college readiness?
Quote of the week:
” Our most effective teachers show that great teaching is leadership…In every highly effective classroom, we find a teacher who, like any great leader, rallies team members (in this case, students and their families) around an ambitious vision of success. We find a teacher who plans purposefully and executes effectively to make sure students reach that vision, even as that teacher also continues to learn and improve. Farr