Education, for as long as at least I can remember it, has been represented by a bright, shiny, red apple. Sitting atop the teacher’s desk surrounded by papers, books and pens, sits the lonely apple, shining as bright as we like to think our country’s education is shining.
Although, over the years our education symbol has turned from a vibrant, juicy and youthful apple, to a bruised, withered and slightly soggy apple, on the verge of decay.
This, of course, is up for argument and has been for some years now. Some would say the decline of our apple began with No Child Left Behind, some would criticize state testing such as the Standards of Learning, some would argue it came about from the lack of arts education in schools, and others would say it stems from teacher burnout, among other opinions.
No one reason is the correct answer here, and it is most likely a combination of many, many factors.
So how do we begin to revive our education apple?
Slowly, surely, one teacher at a time, one classroom at a time, one school at a time, one school district at a time, and one state at a time.
It’s time to start an education revolution rather than trying to stay afloat during this tsunami of state testing, AYP, IEPs, accommodations and funding cuts.
Through this platform I hope to dissect one issue at a time, with help from you, fellow teachers, parents, and students. We can’t make any changes until the state of our current education system becomes a discussion between educators on how we can change and how we can inspire change in others.
Any thoughts? Please leave me a comment or send me an email! 🙂