Caroline Auckland-Thompson

Calgary, Canada

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Caroline Auckland-Thompson
Posted almost 2 years ago
What do you think of merit-based pay for teachers?
I have taught for 34 years. Merit pay for teachers is moot. Our education system needs to change and become part of the "real world". Society needs to play a greater role in educating our children and assume some responsibility for their success. The education system as it stands was designed to produce factory workers after the WWII. Factories, manufacturing and resource development were the mainstay of our economies (I'm Canadian). It was possible to finish grade 8 and get a job. This is no longer the case, especially with educational inflation. Childhood, a time of no responsibilities, is lasting longer 25+. We need to look at the cost of our education systems now and the price of the failures because what I am proposing will cost money but in a different way. Schools should work with children age 6 to 14 and teach them the basics. There are excellent social studies and science units that need to be continued and the arts should definitely be supported. We know too much about brain based learning to not include the arts. As much as possible, learning should be experiential as supported by volumes of brain research. At age 14 the child's education should be in the real world for 3 years of volunteering. This work should cross socioeconomic boundaries and also allow for some personal choice in careers of the child's choosing. Society should keep the children "in school" meaning "at work". We need a village to raise our children. At age 17 the children should return to public education. I imagine they will do so with a new perspective on life. Curriculums need to be scrutinized carefully. How much time needs to spend story writing. Which students need to learn calculus, algebra, physics. Subjects should be more preparatory for life in general and the next stage of their learning. More learning needs to happen in situ. There are huge flaws and gaps in what I have suggested but I only have 53 characters left. Education needs to adapt.
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Caroline Auckland-Thompson
Posted almost 3 years ago
What's your favorite word?
I love the word susurration. The very sound when pronouncing it is soothing. My students over the years have also enjoyed the word and tried to fit it into their sentences when ever they could. I used to say that when they are working, there should be a susurration of sound. I also enjoy ululate. The word matches the action and triggers vivid memories for me, especially of Xena.