I am a big fan of change.
I’m guessing most people have a similar feeling.
Unfortunately for us, we seem to be in a period of history where any change is considered good change.
I am starting to think we are changing just for the sake of change.
Except for Wall Street. We seem content with them continuing to rip us off.
This time in our lives may be the most painful we’ve ever experienced. Unless you lived through the disco era (consider me forever scared by bell bottoms, white suits, platform shoes, and the Bee Gees).
I think educators are overwhelmed by this same kind of feeling.
Administrators and teachers are getting attacked from every possible direction.
Their crime? Educating children.
How dare they!
Who do they think they are!
I have been working in schools for 16 years. This is long enough to remember when teachers (maybe not administrators) where considered America’s best and brightest.
It was an honorable profession. Maybe the most honorable.
Now, that’s just not the case.
Education reform (via our friends the politicians) has put teachers and administrators on the wrong side of appreciated.
We’ve become the problem.
We used to be considered part of the solution.
I can only hope this shift in attitude is temporary, but I’m afraid it’s not.
I’m the first to admit teachers don’t like change, but in the case of education reform I’m with them.
Not that I think we don’t need to change, we do.
Our problem is we didn’t know education was broken. We were under the illusion America had thrived for the last couple of hundred years.
And public education played a big role in our country’s success.
It wasn’t the enemy.
It was the hero.
Now it has to change. In every way. And we are hesitate.
Can you blame us?