I dream of a system where “public school” is not a dirty word. A system that I would willingly allow my future children to enter, without worry. Where good education isn’t equivalent with the depth of your pocket. A place where the value of education is recognized and funded accordingly.
I dream of an environment where students are not ranked by their test scores or their abilities, but by the way in which they learn. Where students are grouped together diversely, and where the method of teaching does not hold any of them back. A place where students don’t have to be afraid to raise their hands or make mistakes and where teachers know how to help them when they do make mistakes. Each classroom would be it’s own world, once in which every student is a welcome inhabitant.
I dream of students who believe in themselves. They never believe they are stupid. They are not afraid to come to school. No student is, in reality, left behind. They are taught not things that society at whole believes they should know, but are relevant to their lives. I dream of a place where college is not indicative of a future, but simply a personal choice.
I dream of a system that trusts it’s teachers instead of telling them what to do. Where there is freedom in curriculum. A place where standardized testing was simply a tool of measurement not the only tool.
I dream of a profession that does not work it’s teachers to the bone. Hours would be regular, and pay would be comfortable. Teaching would be a desirable career, and not something that would beat your down until you felt unable to do it. They do not have to deal with the emotional toll of seeing students fail and feel powerless to help.
I dream of a school where parents are important, too. Where there are people who focus on getting parents to see the importance of their children’s education, and become active participants. Parent involvement would not be an afterthought, or something there’s not enough time for. A place where school and community are synonymous. The burden would not fall on just the teachers and administrators, but everyone.
I dream of a system that would allow this.
What is your vision for our educational system? How close or far away are we from it? And how realistic would it be? How can we work towards a more harmonious and beneficial system?