With the collapse of the family structure and the detachment children feel from their communities, schools and jails have become the surrogate parent. Who are raising the children?
Not only are schools taxed with educating children, there is a need for educators to nurture, guide and socialize children. Schools have not been able to grasp this profound purpose for education that society expects of them. The very institutions we have entrusted children in have become breeding grounds for the development of anti-social behaviors.
Children come to school unprepared to cope with the expectations of the educational system. They come into the school system with a host of issues that interfere with their learning; neither the teacher nor administration can successfully deal. Behaviors left unchecked become unmanageable in the classroom.
One of the tasks of education is to assist in the socialization of children. The very skill children need to be successful. There is no system set up within schools to foster this skill and teach it to children and consequently children experience meaninglessness and normlessness.
There is a need to transform the nature of educating children. It is my intention to bring this to light and help educators become better prepared to take on this humbling task of not only educating but also socializing children.
The educator can do this by exploring a richer and yet to be experienced purpose for education. The greater goal of education is to help children become happy, find meaning and create value.
Counter to this lofty goal, the prevailing purpose for education has existed for the past four hundred years. It has brought society this far and can no longer carry the country forward into the twenty-first century.
The Twenty-First Century demands a New Purpose for Education and A New Purpose for Education demand a New Twenty-First Century Plan. Thus, it is imperative that educators grow and develop to their highest potential and move forward the purpose for education. There may be a need to explore what educators intend to do to help with the current crisis in education.
The Twenty-First Century demands a New Human Community. Education is the arena where we can build The New Human Community, but first the educator has to empower herself. I speak to a female vision of power because feminine educators accounts for around eighty-five percent of the current educators. She can become empowered and expand her life state and help children find meaning and value through the process of education.
This paper today addresses a model for a Transformational Leadership Project I have developed. I will give you information on how you can become a part of that project at the end of this paper. You can help build a New Human Community.
It is the task of educators to build that capacity in future generations. With a renewed zest for education, you and I can achieve this amazing task.
The agenda of a totalitarian teaching style created this meaninglessness and normlessness. The current agenda for education is to have a society of people who do not think. Contrary to popular belief, the single thing that makes us human is our ability to think.
Schools are not teaching children to think. They are teaching them to digest bits and pieces of data and then call it forward on a test. This is not education.
I walk into a classroom, the same way I have for the past twenty years and look into familiar faces. I have seen them many times before. I have been a substitute teacher for the past six-years in the Pinellas County Public Schools.
I reject the label substitute because it does not totally describe me. My teaching experience of over twenty-three years is reduced to a day with these children. I have to reinvent myself each day. It is an exhausting endeavor but one which has caused me to grow and develop my full potential.
This one quote has been with me since 1992. Since life is, a constant challenge is it important to have a specific goal or direction with which to challenge myself. I step into the unknown most days. I have to call forth the wisdom and compassion in my life. Most days it is a battle between my emotions and my heart with my emotions winning more often than not. However, my experience as a substitute teacher has helped me to articulate what precisely I am feeling and let it go. It is an exercise in my own humanity.
What this experience as a substitute teacher has taught me is patience, resilience, and compassion. I have taught at many locations throughout Pinellas County Schools. The behaviors are the same at most schools.
What I have noticed is that the schools that need the most seasoned educator often are the training grounds for the new hires. Inexperienced Caucasian teachers get the toughest assignments. Most are ill prepared to teach and reach the children who are in need of surrogate parenting. This is not education
This young twenty-something just a child out of college is given the added responsibility of twenty of so children. It is a difficult situation, yet this model continues. The old adage, this will either make or break you. Children’s needs are often forgotten. This is not education
These new hires use curriculum with multiple texts, unable to reach the children, these new hires merely pass on information. Moreover, children cannot digest this information. They act out of frustration and boredom.
The teacher is the single important factor in the process of education. Yet she is ineffective. I felt so ineffective. This vicious cycle, both the teacher and the student find themselves in can neither produce meaning or create value. This is not education.
It will take many years before this teacher is seasoned. I have a plan that will make you seasoned in a year. I will teach you how to become empowered as a teacher, as a woman and as a human. My Transformation Leadership Project will focus in these three areas,
Once you complete the training and practices, you will be empowered, children will be the recipient of this newfound power and we will see a rise in the quality of education.
What I want to do is empower educators to empower children to better the interaction between the two. Both teacher and student can co-create an environment of mutual respect and dignity.
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