Last July, I got an email from a friend who was in the process of finishing a Master’s degree in Special Education. She asked if I would complete a survey related to her research. I didn’t hesitate. A few days later she sent me a list of questions about my past experiences and my current thoughts about public school education. Listed below are some of my experiences, observations, and suggestions educators might want to consider.
- I had a few teachers who were indifferent to the plight of poor kids and a few who were outright hostile towards us.
- Classroom hostility creates fear and anger, but indifference is much more damaging.
- Students can tell when they aren’t a priority: it does something to them.
- Looking back, some teachers were better than others when it came to hiding their lack of attentiveness.
- Students, not the faculty or parents, are the first to recognize when a teacher has given up.
- Public education is one of the highest achievements of mankind.
- Privatizing public education will cause more problems than it fixes.
- Market sensibilities force educators to ask how profitable something is instead of how much value it adds.
- The ability of a nation to advance rests squarely on the shoulders of its youth.
- Education is the process of self actualization.
- The three R’s are essential, but critical thinking is just as important.
- There has to be more focus on the humanities.
- Teachers, regardless of the subjects they teach, should use as much technology as possible in their classes.
- Students should be required to write in every subject.
- All students should have an apprentice level skill set in one service industry trade.
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