Thursday, July 31, 2014

Education Reform..... or Minor League Education?

Education Reform Cannot Wait!!!

Did I miss a memo?  At what point did the K-12 public schools become the "Minor Leagues" for colleges, universities, and the workforce?  

Please wake up!
we need education reform

  • The divorce rate is out of control
  • The number of suicides in the past decade is unacceptable
  • The number of people with depression & anxiety disorders is alarming
  • Communication skills are deteriorating
  • Creativity is an endangered species
  • Students are disengaged at school
  • A large percentage of students cannot identify what they are passionate about.
  • Etc......
Is there a breaking point when we decide that it is more important to teach students to be parents, spouses, self-advocates, voters, citizens, friends, consumers, etc... instead of playing this giant game of minor league insanity.  Even if we are to remain a farm league for universities and jobs, please consider the following:

Approximately 50% of the students who begin 4-year colleges do not graduate.  Maybe we should worry less about getting students into college and start preparing them for the skills necessary to succeed at college if they even decide to go there.  

Approximately 55% of the jobs that exist in 10 years are ones that do not exist now.  How can we prepare students for future jobs when we do not even know what jobs exist?

In my opinion, this giant push to have everyone "college & career ready" seems selfish and ignorant.  Are the K-12 schools getting commission from the universities?  If so, please consider reinvesting it into education reform before public education becomes irrelevant.  We are putting the cart before the horse and it is not working......AT ALL.

These are children that we have in our classrooms.  They deserve better than what we are delivering them.  They deserve to come to school passionate, engaged, and confident that we are preparing them for their futures as PEOPLE.  

What are you doing to help education reform?  To believe in reform, but not take action, is cowardly.  To stand and watch this happen, without taking action towards education reform, makes you an accomplice to one of the most unfortunate developments of the 21st century.

Students need you right now.

Do you disagree?  Let's talk.  I have an open mind and I would like to hear the other side to this story.

Oliver Schinkten
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1 comment:

  1. love your energy mate! I am a teacher of 20 years but decided to leave the system since moving from the NT to Vic. Taught refugee prep class last year (Sem 2) and some relief this year. Am now the Chairperson of Eastern Region for Aboriginal Education. Like you I believe the system is continuously failing our children and not interested in listening to the community, families, students etc about what the system needs to do to cater for current students future needs. Am thinking about what to study to take new direction in education. Maybe ill go into the office?


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