- Create an infographic using a Web 2.0 tool to present two points on which Robinson, Pink, and Zhao would agree about the entrepreneur spirit and developing this disposition in youth. You may also add some discussion under your infographic that you embed in your blog response.
- Zhao discussed many aspects of our changed world and the reason for such high unemployment rates all over the world, even among those with a college education. Research some changes in education over the last 25 years and discuss how they have affected the unemployment of many teachers and/or why many leave the profession.
There have been many changes in education over the past 25 years, many dealing with how students are assessed. Standardized tests have become the end-all, be-all for assessing students’ performance. Less than half of teachers believe that these tests are an effective way to check student performance (Rebora, 2009). Because these tests are required and now often becoming tied to an educator’s paycheck, they also bring a large amount of stress. Many teachers feel it is not worth staying in the field, being paid so little compared to the amount of stress they must deal with. The question is, though, even if teacher salaries were increased tremendously, would it decrease the amount of teachers leaving the profession?
Other changes in schools over the past few decades deal with the level of parent involvement, disciplinary actions taken, and the amount of duties required of teachers (Rebora, 2009). Teachers no longer have the ability to keep certain unruly students under control because they can no longer discipline students. They often spend large portions of their day trying to get their classrooms under control, which adds to the already high stress level (Miller, 2015). Many times, discipline wouldn’t be an issue if parental involvement was still high, but it’s not.
What has really changed, though, is the amount of freedom that has been taken away from teachers over the past 25 years. They no longer have the freedom to teach students what they feel is best. Or the freedom to assess students’ knowledge in the way they know is best. Or the support of parents to ensure respect from children. Because there is little freedom left for teachers, new and innovative ways of teaching will not be developed, which are needed to prepare students for our ever-changing world.
Miller, K. (2015). Significant changes in education over the years. Retrieved from http://blog.enroll.com/post/Significant-Changes-in-Education-Over-the-Years
Rebora, A. (2009, February 25). Report: Teachers see progress over past 25 years. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2009/02/25/09metlife.html
TED 2010. (2010, February). Ken robinson: Bring on the learning revolution. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution
TED Global 2009. (2009, July). Dan pink: The puzzle of motivation. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation?language=en
Zhao, Y. (2012). World class leaners: Educating creative and entrepreneurial students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.