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What would I say if I could again be a teacher?
I taught for seven years. It was truly as paraphrased from Charles Dickens the best of times and the worst of times. I had a chance to work with some of the best people I could have imagined. Marilyn Owens, Karen Lentz and Tom Mobley impacted me for years beyond my teaching career. They remain some of the best people I have ever met. I also got divorced while teaching. Finally I got hooked on computers as a teacher. The last two the highest point and the lowest.
Is the business of education to merge what is taught at home, religion (if you believe) and state into a single entity? Is the role of education to provide a pathway?
What do we expect our educational system to do?
I believe it is the inherent job of our educational system to teach the students of that system how to think. My father used to always start off talks with two jokes the first being I am from the (either state or government) and I am here to help. The second was the line “Those that can do, those that can’t teach, those that can’t teach teach teachers.” What about however those that cannot think?
That is the thing that scares me, the reality of a world where people can be force fed information because they cannot process it fast enough to keep up.
I believe schools are needed to teach students to think.
To expand beyond what is known and to being to form hypothesis about how things work. Ask yourself this, do you ever look at something and wonder how does it work? Do you take the next step and learn the components and pieces and see how they work together? Or do you simply let that slide out of your head? All of us are busy – and if I were again teaching I would say take a moment, don’t smell the roses, figure out how they bloom.