Educational Change Starts Locally
This post has been inspired by a week full of educational emotions. On Monday I tweeted out about my pain seeing my young daughter struggling to cope with the overwhelming amount of homework. I must add that the small school she attends has a fantastic reputation and they really do care and work hard with the children, but they of course have their targets and performance criteria and grade sheets etc etc…
It’s upsetting to see the amount of homework my daughter (9) gets daily, there’s often no time for play #sad #education #fail
As a result, a number of kind people reacted and send me links to help support my frustrations. I can’t thank Roger Schank enough for his links (1 & 2), which went to straight to heart of the matter and inspired me to dig deeper. As always it’s a questions of time, and it’s often against me, but I’ve dedicated extra hours to research in order to prepare for a parents meeting on Thursday.
Other sources that have inspired me include Doug & Mark’s ‘Purposed‘ program. Focusing on the question ‘What is the purpose of Education?’ This campaign has already produced some very high quality 500 word articles and I’m excitedly following conversations that pursue. My own article will be out on March, 26th and will be posted here.
My friend and colleague Daniel Durrant (@ddrrnt) has also been chatting recently about a group using the #EduKare. I’m still in the early days of exploring their posts and charter, but already feel a warming to this group and their ideals.
It seems that where ever I look at the moment wonderful people are trying to make a difference in education. Like minds are gathering to discuss and solve today’s real problems, and it seems that the question of how do we learn is taking a far more prominent role in governments, schools, colleges, universities and ultimately the workplace.
As a result of following Dan’s new network, I stumbled upon this quote this morning by Goran Kimovski, which really resonated, and has given me more inspiration to share my research with fellow parents and teachers this week.
The ingredients for rebuilding the learning experience for our kids are not in the government’s hands. They’re not in the school boards, legislative bodies, educational institutions. They’re in the hands of the teachers, the principals, the students, the parents, the community!
I’m sure I’ll also find others, parents and teachers alike, who are feeling the same way, struggling with their own children, struggling to find a balance between play and school life.
That’s where you come in. Before the meeting, I’d like to ask you what suggestions, tips, links or advice you can offer. Please contribute in the comments below while considering the following question:
In practical terms, how can we help ourselves, our teachers and ultimately our children to cope with the current education system?
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