1. Schools STILL struggling with students returning to in-school learning after years at home due to the pandemic; What grade are they really in?
2. Schools looking for equity for students who have been left behind for 200 years. Systemic racism detailed with solutions.
3. Schools looking to bring thinking back to education. Are you tired of people believing things the mythical village idiot wouldn't believe?
CHAPTER 1 EXPOSING THE CATASTROPHIC PAST
CHAPTER 2 DEVELOPING A PATHWAY TO SUCCESS
CHAPTER 3 ELUDING THE FAILED POLICIES OF THE PAST
CHAPTER 4 EXPLORING THE WORLD BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
CHAPTER 5 QUASHING THE TESTING OBSESSION
CHAPTER 6 STRAIGHT TALK
CHAPTER 7 HELP IS ON THE WAY
As students returned from the Coronavirus crisis, the question became. What grade are they in? Were they passed with their age group without learning? Were they retained, allowing the school to prison pipeline process to begin? The lessons from the pandemic were clear. Not only doesn’t the system work for students anymore, the system has not worked for some students for the last 200 years. The politicians have a simple solution, BLAME THE TEACHERS.
CRITICAL THINKING = RESEARCH, ANALYZE THAT RESEARCH, COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS, COME TO A CONCLUSION, DEFEND THAT CONCLUSION THROUGH DEBATE. NOT ON THE TEST
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.