Post 17 in the 30-Day Blogging Challenge: What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?
That’s a difficult one, there are so many issues in education today.
I think what is impacting our schools the most is the fact that so much more is happening in our buildings. Teachers have always work many hats. I remember, long ago when I was teaching in Boston at another school, the faculty did a collaborative costume for Halloween. We each dressed up as one of the many roles we assumed as teachers. There was the teacher, the counselor, the nurse, the advocate, the artist, etc.
Many years later, that is still the case, but it has expanded tremendously. Schools act on behalf of many agencies to support all aspects of each child’s life. But often the funds, the personnel, and the know-how aren’t in place for this support. And while all of this is happening, we’re being held accountable for providing an excellent education as well. Test scores and data drive what we do.
Shouldn’t it be the children who drive what we do?
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