What Realedreform is all about.
This blog is a collection of articles, other writing, and links to education-related information and resources. The focus is on education and education reform: what is has been, what it should be, and what is really needed.
There will also be some practical information for educators, students, and parents. Some of what you find will be political, social, economical, personal, emotional… All of it is geared towards doing real education reform. We have not been doing right by our young people on so many levels, and what has been called “education reform” is all about blaming schools and blaming teachers. But there is a whole world swirling around our classrooms and our schools.
In the end it all informs and impacts education. So if we’re really going to do education reform, we need to widen our scope and be ready to dive deep into some serious issues. More than anyone, teachers need to be among the leaders in this effort. No more patsies being blamed for all that has gone wrong-teachers are the professionals, they have the knowledge, the experience, and are there on the front lines.
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So if teachers are expected to be the wheelwrights: have the wheelwrights done a quality job when your wheels are like tiny tricycle wheels with two spokes? For the sake of expediency we can even name those two spokes…uhmmm, let’s call them “MATH” and “ELA”, just for kicks.
I’m not trying to scare you away; I’m just trying to prepare you. You can’t go thinking that liking kids, that kids liking you, that believing you can make a difference, that wanting to make a difference, that being smart…you can’t think that any of that is enough. It’s prerequisite, sure. But it isn’t nearly enough.
Not even close.
Student Activists Lead the Way March 2019
Will it be student activists who force political action regarding gun violence in America? Maybe that’s exactly what this country needs.
Some from the oldies bin
Classroom Engagement: Signals That Work June 2016
It’s my favorite lesson to plug into the start of the school year. Before I start I want to say that, in the tradition of great teachers and great teaching, I totally stole this and then adapted it to suit my needs.
About four years ago my wife called me at school and told me that our oldest daughter had gotten off the school bus crying. Walking up our 100 feet of driveway between the road and our door, she had her report card in one hand and was clearly trying to gather herself…
I’ve never assumed the power to teach to “change the world,” but I do understand that world. I see what it does close up. I know that other teachers do too. It imposes some horrible burdens on children, and those burdens become imperatives for teachers. It also means that teachers do more than “education reformers” care to admit.
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For information, support, advice and front-line opinions/voices from actual educators who support public education, I love The Educators Room. Below are a few articles that I have found particularly interesting. I have a few articles at TER, but I’ll let you find them if you want. Here, I’ll share the writing of some others.