Darling-Hammond: Final Chapter
“What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must we want for all children in the community. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy”
Our educational system should be nothing but the best for the students. If it is not the highest quality then students are not going to be ready as an adult and might not contribute to society. Darling-Hammond spells out a great sample of how the educational system could change. She is looking at it to help the students. The students should be the focus of any educational program. If we are not teaching to our students needs then we are not helping the students learn. The state and federal governments need to set up grants and other ways to fund educational programs, including teacher and administrator professional development. If these things could be in place teachers would have a better platform for teaching the 21st century learners. We need to teach students how to think, everything is in the palm of their hands (they can just Google it). But we want students to be thinkers. We want to be able to teach them to ask questions and think outside of the box. As teachers we need to know how to teach beyond the basics. If we followed Darling-Hammond's plan we possible reach this goal of better educating our students to prepare them for the future.
10/22/2017 01:56:36 pm
I agree with you that our focus should be on teaching our students to be thinkers. This is part of teaching our students how to be 21st century learners. I also agree with you that grants should be given to help teachers and administrators receive the training necessary to teach our students in a new modern way that will allow them to graduate with the skills necessary to obtain a successful career. We need to be sure that we are teaching our students in a manner that will allow them to learn how to be problem solvers and excellent communicators.
10/23/2017 05:05:59 pm
Thinking back to all your PD trainings, do you think more money to do those sorts of trainings is money well spent, or should the training look entirely different? Many argue that we are throwing good money after bad and I wonder how to answer to those who say that. How can we more effectively train teachers?
10/23/2017 06:51:52 pm
I agree that there should be greater investment in the education of teachers (new and seasoned) and that the pendulum of curriculum needs to stop. How many times I have heard a teacher say, "The pendulum is swinging again." Our educational system is band-aided from top to bottom. It will be an enormous overhaul to improve it.
10/24/2017 09:32:27 pm
Coming from a family of educators I have heard those very same things for years. I feel that PDs aren't enough to make the big changes that we currently need. Teachers need to continue their education, learn about the 21st century practices and slowly start implementing these practices into their teaching. That way we can make adjustments in a timely manner and not take a decade for the information to trickle down in the from of a one day PD that teachers won't retain the information. Teacher's need time to plan and adapt to these changes. This overhaul is huge and not something that will change in just one of two years. It takes time so we all need to start sooner than later. In my opinion, it all starts with the new teachers coming in. Change has to start somewhere and it only seems to be happening for those teachers who are willing to pay for the education that is current and up to date. At this pace it will take another 30 years for the information to get out and then there will be something new and better. I can foresee the pendulum swinging again as times change.
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