As I’m currently out of the country, finding time to really type out my thoughts on one topic has been tough. I’ve mostly been reading an eclectic selection of articles. While I do have several drafts saved on a myriad of topics that all have to do with education, it’s hard to know where to begin. They’re all intertwined and you simply can’t talk about one without bringing up the other.
The complexity of education is definitely overwhelming but also very humbling. It reminds me to take a step back, consider every detail, and always, always, always remember the students.
And it reminds me to keep going. The journey will be challenging, but rewarding. There is much to be learned and much to be taught and much to be done on my part. I’m only barely starting.
This is more of a personal post, I guess, to remind myself of the many things I have to continue to keep in mind as I move forward. Feel free to add any things you feel would be helpful to consider.
- Poverty and economic inequality (root cause and/or effect?)
- Common Core
- NCLB & RttT
- Teacher unions
- Teacher evaluations
- Teaching as a profession
- Ed rheeform/rephorm/deform & corporate, privatized agenda
- Reinventing education
- Student voice and power (must be considered throughout all discussion…how is the best way to go about this?)
- Socioeconomic ramifications of certain policies (budget cuts, funding issues)
- Involvement of community members, parents, etc…
- Civic education