World Class Learners Blog Post 2

    • 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.

6 thoughts on “World Class Learners Blog Post 2

  1. I agree with your ideas about freedom and also your ideas about why college graduates can’t find jobs. I think Zhao is so correct in his ideas that we are so used to be given orders and told what to do that we aren’t able to create our own jobs. We really need to restucture our entire educational system. I am just not sure how fast this change will come about.

  2. I agree with your comments about classroom behavior. It is a struggle for many teachers to manage classroom behavior with very little parental involvement. And it very hard to find time with standards to allow students to explore their interests. In a resource I found Hamaker stated that students need problem solving, inspiration, interaction and collaboration, innovation and creativity, and initiative through freedom in the classroom (2016). But this is hard for us to allow too much freedom when we have to teach the Standards within the year. Another Resource I found Forbes had a beautiful Quote that I love. “We want our kids to follow their dreams, take chances, and understand they don’t always have to color within the lines (Forbes, 2016).”

    Forbes (2016). How To Help Your Kids Launch A Small Business This Summer. Retrived from http://www.forbes.com/sites/allbusiness/2014/06/17/how-to-help-your-kids-launch-a-small-business-this-summer/#2a6dfda87f50

    Hamaker, Sarah (2016). How to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in kids. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/08/02/how-to-encourage-an-entrepreneurial-spirit-in-kids/

  3. Your summary of why teachers are leaving the field of education is very accurate. Celine Provini included a statement by in her article, “Why are teachers leaving the profession?” by John Tapscott, an independent education management professional. “I think the main reason is that teachers are being made increasingly accountable for things over which they have diminishing control. It’s not reform that is needed but revolution. One thing over which teachers need to regain control is the curriculum. This would be the single [biggest] source of frustration–to know you are legally obliged to teach a program which is completely inappropriate to your students’ level of cognitive development, and then to get the blame when it fails, is the ultimate insult.”

    One of my best friends left teaching after three short years because of just that. She admits to me at times that she misses teaching her students, but does not miss what she was forced to teach to her students that was not at the appropriate level for them. Students are all a different levels and as teachers we need the freedom to customize every students learning path to their level and their interest.

  4. I am not sure that more money would be worth it to many teachers if their job depended on test scores outside of their control. The stress might also be more than is worth it, but each teacher has to make that decision.

    I think you summed it up well that it is the freedom that has been taken away from teachers. Teachers had some freedoms for what they did and how they did it, but different mandates have changed how that works for many.

  5. I agree with the points you made about parental involvement, discipline issues inside and outside of the classroom and lack of enthusiasm amongst the educators. Student performance on state standards test should have nothing to do with pay for teachers.

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