Embracing change is a gift.
As educators, we don’t seem to have this gift.
The good news is if you are an elementary teacher you are now a proud owner of at least 17 new coffee cups with apples on them (Merry Christmas everybody!!!).
And a variety of lotions. But that is a whole different blog.
I think the world of education is about to change in a very big way. It is also very likely that I have no idea what I’m talking about.
But I have a blog that constantly needs content, so here’s my theory.
Change is happening right under our noses and most educators don’t even see it coming.
The bad economy, advances in technology, and higher expectations for administrators and teachers leads me to believe that we are all headed in a new direction.
Some of this is related to finances and some is just the general public believing that schools can and have to do better jobs.
And who better to lead us in this quest of excellence? The federal government.
I just got a migraine.
Or punched in the throat.
Which is bad. But it’s better than the Swine Flu that was going to get me earlier in the semester (will we ever hear about the dreaded pig flu again???).
What I do know is it’s a bad time to have a career with tenure, especially when the rest of the country is struggling to keep their jobs.
As educators, I don’t think we have a good grasp on how the rest of society perceives us.
Our only hope is people will continue to hate bankers and won’t turn on educators (so keep up the bad work, Wall Street!!)
The old rules about education and educators are about to be tossed out the window (but again, what do I know other than this blog needs content like Buddy needs dog food… and a back rub).
State governments are in fiscal trouble and they are going to be forced to make difficult decisions. Many of these will involve K-12 Education.
I’ve also noticed the Obama Administration has a pattern of doing things in a very big way.
Health care is the latest example (am I the only one who gets the feeling our premiums are about to skyrocket and no doctor will ever schedule another appointment to see us…).
It can only be a matter of time before the good people in the White House tackle schools. And testing. And teachers. And administrators. And tenure. And evaluations.
Only time will tell if this new path is a productive one.
Change is often discussed at school, but almost never embraced.
My assumption is this time will be no different.
Except this time I don’t think we will be able to ride the changes out.
I think they may be big. And I think they may be uncomfortable. And I think they will be permanent.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is all bad.
I am just saying we probably should have paid more attention when President Obama ran under the slogan of “Change.”
Because I don’t think educators necessarily thought he was talking about us.