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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our Educational System Is a Festering Wound

apple1Our educational system is badly in need of an overhaul. The “fixes” now being implemented are like putting a bandage on a festering wound.

Many wonder why intelligent people are not attracted to the educational field. We’ve all heard the saying, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” That, of course, is not entirely true. Some are called to teach by a desire to help others. And it is not by increasing teacher salaries that is the answer. I have a quote somewhere that says professions are not worth pursuing if money is the object. Higher salaries will not attract the best into teaching. Listen to this report (emphasis mine):

A professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota today buttressed previous findings that the most important determinant of job satisfaction is ''work autonomy,'' or the degree to which employees feel they can make their own decisions and influence what happens on the job.

But the researcher, Dr. Jeylan T. Mortimer, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said she had also found, in sharp contrast to most previous research, that income had no significant independent effect on job satisfaction. People earning high incomes typically enjoy the most autonomy on the job, she said, which tends to make them happy. But if one looks at individuals who have equally autonomous jobs, she said, then they appear equally happy with those jobs, regardless of any income disparities among them. ~Satisfaction on the Job

A higher purpose must pull people into teaching.

Unfortunately, the higher purpose or purposes have been, or, are being destroyed. The ability for teachers to make their own decisions, to be autonomous, has been taken away from them. This is going to lead to “burned out” teachers who will leave the profession in droves.

Teachers are now being forced to teach exactly the same. Yes, that saddens me and I see a future with creativity stomped into the ground.

Sadly, our schools have placed knowledge first, teaching so that students do well on standardized tests. And it is to our detriment. The wound continues to fester and the infection grows until one day it can no longer be ignored. By that time, will it be too late? Or, is it already too late?

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Let’s fight to give teachers back the ability to use their imaginations. For it is only through imagination that teachers will be able to soar to new heights, and, in the process, allow students to soar also.

1 comment:

  1. Traditional educational ways don't focus much on learning. It's painful process for students to sit in class rooms and just listen to teachers. Students want to work more actively. They want to engage their selves in class activities. New methods of learning are very creative.

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