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How do we expose our educators to new ways of learning?

I really want to be involved in doing something productive for my community.

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  • Jul 17 2013: Trenton,

    I've worked in higher education outreach and continue to be an education advocate despite the change in industries (education is my heart and passion). I was "forced" out of education when the economy took a nose dive and my aspirations to teach remedial middle school classes were dashed. In that time and since then, there's been a major criticism of the effectiveness of teachers in the classrooms, but the mitigating variables in the classrooms are rarely described.

    1) Tracking - Poor performance (behaviorally, academically,etc.) can lead students to be set into a "non-performer" track with other similar students thus denying kids an opportunity to improve.

    2) Transience - From temporary teacher programs (Teach for America) to the inability for districts to afford local living wages, institutional knowledge and respect will continually be lost to more attractive, easier-to-teach-in districts.

    3) Problems at Home - Adults must constantly fight the urge to assume that children "know nothing" or "do not understand". We all hated when this was assumed of us as children and too many of us perpetuate the prejudice on the youth. Children fully understand and internalize the stress, violence, poverty, and hopelessness and take that burden to the classroom.

    4) The Cost and Difficulty of Becoming a Great Teacher - If a high school senior declares his/her desire to become a great teacher, how would you direct him/her. How straight-forward is the process (not at all). How much does it cost? Try adding up the costs of college apps, undergrad education, grad school apps, MS/MA degree, credentialing classes, all the tests (SAT, GRE, CSET, CBEST, etc.), finding a tenure-track job, the additional education required after the first couple years in the classroom, and the out-of-pocket funds to fill in the lack of budget. Don't forget the starting salary: $35,000.

    Until it's no longer necessary ask, "How do they do it?", let's not ask, "How can they do more?".

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