But . . . from my observations, and from talking with and reading about numerous educators (in Allendale, Greenville, and beyond), problems are staring us in the face. And it is easier to shout your political rhetoric than change your own mindset.
Here are a couple of videos that have challenged and inspired me:
Why This Teacher Quit
This disgruntled 29-year veteran says, "Rather than creating life-long learners, our new goal is to create good test-takers. Rather than being the recipients of a rewarding and enjoyable educational experience, our students are now relegated to experiencing a confining and demeaning education." He then goes on to describe a typical school day, and the consequences that result.
Experiments in Self-Teaching
Several years ago, I would have been skeptical of this talk by Sugata Mitra. But now I am much more of a believer in the thinking that, "If children have interest, education happens." And I like the "method of the grandmother" (see 9:30), i.e., stand behind them and admire them all the time (with prodding questions).
What do you think of these videos?