To fight for learning
How do we awaken the interest, the resolve and stamina in all of us to galvanize the changes that we need in our schools: to open up the restrictions on time and leisure, and testing which are currently being imposed on our students?
We must find ways to allow our children’s natural curiosity and sensory perceptions, to invite and inspire them to want to learn.
We need to:
First: Kindle the sun’s fire in our hearts.
Second: Hold each other’s hands in trust– pupils, parents, teachers, staff, and working members, administrators; all in the belief that we can and must help each other.
Third: Look squarely at what we are teaching,
Fourth: How it is being taught?
Right now, our national obsession with testing for accountability in Math and Reading Skills, at the exclusion of all other subjects, is not only paranoid but dangerous, as it leads to cheating and teaching to the ‘test’ so that scores will be higher. We need to rethink our necessities for history and government, ethics, writing and literature, humanities and sciences- in depth, and for critical thinking in each. We also need to recognize that ‘hands-on’ learning of arts and vocational studies, and the need for physical exercise and sports, as necessary balances to our technical aptitudes.
Most importantly, all these changes need to be made willingly, out of love.
Yes, we do have a revolution to challenge us, and the evolution of new paradigms is beginning to happen -everywhere.