Promote Reform and Yourself Without Censorship…
Recently the idea of immigration reform has been a hot topic and serious problem within the United States. On both sides of the political spectrum, individuals and groups are emotional, angry, and energetic regarding immigration reform even if they view how to solve it from completely different angles.
Teachers can do the same thing in regards to education reformation. Of course, we must be emotional, angry, energetic regarding the topic, but unlike many undocumented, i.e. “illegal” immigrants, we as teachers must come out of the shadows with who we really are as educators. The best way, I believe for educators to truly enhance education reform is to promote reform (the ideas, philosophies, critical analysis, ect.) but just as important, promote who we are as educators. Promote what we believe in, what we truly believe teaching is and how the system should work for the betterment of its students and society.
Reformation will only happen when each individual takes the courage and stance to exist as an educator in the way they truly believe in. If you are a staunch believer in the traditional banking system of learning, where we stand at the front of the class and lecture and take lesson plans straight from the textbook, then fine, fight for this type of reform. If you are a staunch believer in democratic education, authentic learning, progressive ideas, critical pedagogy, social justice education, and value of each individual, then stand up exactly for that. Regardless of your political affiliation or educational philosophy, stand up for whatever it is. If society continues to believe that we are enacting exactly how we believe, then educational reform will continue to be at a standstill.
While we continue to distract ourselves with which ideas are best or which resources are needed in order to teach, we forget the context, the “bigger picture” if you will. Reflection on oneself regarding their true belief and stance as an educator is a far more impactful recognition then a revelation of a new, insightful planning unit.
Once we have found our true voice, we must then make it heard. We must protest, strike, collaborate, investigate and discuss, we must write new articles, new blogs, new books in order to get others invested and exposed to the truth and character of the teacher behind the system. It is far easier to follow the crowd, then to be the leader of the revolution. We must make educational reformation an emergency for this nation, for the world. We must show society that the children we love, the future of the planet is at stake, and as long as we continue to live blindly following a system, or creed of education, that destroys the innovation, creation and imagination of learners, we will continue to deteriorate.
For motivation and courage for us to recognize the reformation and for who we truly are…I will end with this Robert Frost Famous Poetry Quote…
|I shall be telling this with a sigh|
|Somewhere ages and ages hence:|
|Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—|
|I took the one less traveled by,|
|And that has made all the difference.|