After a long time away from school, teachers will have little or no idea what their skill levels are in any of the subject areas. The truth be known, students were scattered all over the map even before they left. The results of the big test arrived in the hands of teachers way to late to have value.
When the students return there will be an immediate need for teachers to gather information in order to develop a cohesive educational plan of action that is relevant for ALL students. The old test will be way out of date and a new one will arrive too late. The solution must be to spend the first few days of the student's return assessing students, not to use as a judge of the school but to prepare a jumping off spot for their new lesson.
It will be evident immediately that students are all different, progress at different rates, in different ways and with different background knowledge.
This is a call to action for teachers to take back their profession from the self-serving motives of Agenda Driven Politicians. From an agenda that treats children like objects, not like subjects, to one where they move forward on their pathway to success as individuals.
In the words of historian James Anderson, "We are still trying to develop both the philosophy as well as a system of education which really does respect the intelligence and abilities of ordinary people."
Envision a school where all children have equal access to quality education, taught in a way that is real, taken from “where they are” on their pathway to success at their best rate. Where learning opens doors to the dreams of every child, recognizing that no one will ever know where or when genius will unfold until it evolves. Imagine a school where assessment is not cheapened by the narrow scope of the standardized test, but broadened to become a stepping stone for the whole child learning experience. A school where, as in life, learning is a constant flow of problem solving experiences driven by the reality that failure is not only an option but an integral tool, guiding students on their pathway to success. And where teachers have the freedom to innovate in the best interest of their students.
Change isn't about to happen from the top down. While our educational leaders are stumbling and bumbling, it is time for those in the trenches to sabotage the system from the bottom up for the betterment of children.
The greatest challenge for educators in this decade is to prepare children to rise above the confirmation bias and embrace critical thinking. The confirmation bias impacts thinking in every aspect of daily living, diminishing the thought process while encouraging students to stop short of rational conclusions.
Once we teach children to rise above the confirmation bias, elections will change forever. No longer will politicians be able to lie and con their constiuents. And no longer will anyone believe political ads.
In this book is a guideline designed to subvert the outdated system and philosophy of education and replace it with the agenda of children. Now is the time to take back the school from the Agenda Driven Politicians and give it to teachers, parents and students where it belongs.