Change is an important and necessary part of life but it can be scary, especially when that change will affect millions of students’ futures. A majority of professionals in the education field agree that change is needed in our schools, but who weighs in on these changes? Should it be legislators and non-educators who have never stepped foot in a classroom for longer than a photo opportunity; should it be school administrators who see how the school runs from start to finish, day in and day out; or should it be the teachers who implement the curriculum and spend every moment with their students to ensure they stay on track and master their work?
While the ‘who’ is important, the ‘what’ and ‘how’ are more important. What needs to be changed to make schools more successful in your community and across the nation? What should be the change priorities? Equity across districts and schools within the same state is lacking nationwide. Facilities are falling apart because resources are either unavailable or diverted, as well as leases being far too expensive. Classroom populations are growing, but the actual classroom size is shrinking. Textbooks are outdated and being replaced with faulty technology. Curriculum is still focused on standardized test scores instead of realistic skills for future student success. These are just a sample of what needs to be addressed in education throughout the country.
How can these changes be made? I say to all educators, use your voice. It does not matter what role you play in the education system, but if you have an idea for how to improve our system – share it with those making the decisions. It’s time to stop hiding behind our desks. Staying quiet and hoping someone else has the answers is actually hurting our students. Students are taught to challenge and ask questions. They are taught to grow from mistakes. This needs to be modeled by us