In Our Schools Today

To fight for learning

        takes

revolutionary zeal-

heart-fire’s sword!

 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.

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  1. The fire in the belly was extinguished by a cup of ‘instant coffee’.
    By the scratching of a pen, teachers became the keepers of tests ––– Instantly, the mental capacity of a youngster could be evaluated. The thinking process formerly nourishing the fire within a teacher became a distasteful task and educators forgot they were the sculptors of young minds. By consent, the large doses of courage, tenacity and patience parents and teachers shared gave way to a sort of evolutionary apathy.

    Too many parents joined the parade and drank the instant coffee. They forgot there were the keepers of the progeny. History, died along with ethics, reading literature became impossible because the minds had gone dormant. Everywhere the dangers associated with the lack of education could be felt but too few took the responsibility to change course and alter a serious pandemic.

    It will not take a revolution fought with gun to change the course of our educational system. It will take people with the love of knowledge, and the ability to hold hands and minds to bring our children to a place where they will discover the art, excitement and love of learning new things.

    There is a march going on, and people are shifting how they view and understand education. I am sure it will take our children to that place of learning. Let us hold hands and exercise the necessary patience to get us there.

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