Monday, January 10, 2011
Educational Reform: What is Appropriate?
Education reform must happen. This is such a true statement, but I wonder if we are making the right decisions for reform.
Will the state's new education agenda get the job done? I don't know. I like some of what Governor Daniels and State School Superintendent Tony Bennett have to offer, but the idea of merit-based pay makes me wonder how this system will be equally applied across disciplines, electives, and school districts. I also wonder...what truly is the agenda here?
In response to concerns, Superintendent Bennett has sent out several e-mails to teachers, school administrators, and other school officials to mollify the masses and address the rumors. He claims that he and Governor Daniels have no intention to reduce teacher salaries, wipe out collective bargaining, end tenure, or fire effective teachers. The question is, do I believe him?
Well, education is something that goes to the very heart of our society. This video on educational change hits so many of the right points. It's an important piece that I believe takes the idea of true educational reform in the right direction. Teaching to tests or making education about some number that a student achieves isn't what is going to make things better, in my opinion.
Please watch this important video featuring Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert. It's about 12 minutes long.