Posts tagged education
Posts tagged education
These are but two graphs on Bill Moyer’s What Matters Today blog. The post they are pulled from, “Two America’s, Then and Now” paints a picture that reveals how very much alive inequality is today.
Let’s just be clear for a second: Millions of children living below the poverty line have NO access to quality early childcare to nurture their minds. They enter school already well behind their more affluent peers.
That deficit is minimized (not solved, just lessened) by the quality of PBS programming, Sesame Street as the flagship. You can’t talk equal access to education (and by proxy equity and equality — read as social justice) without addressing this key Experience Gap.
Cutting PBS is paramount to cutting the lifeline to some meager amount of early childhood education for millions of impoverished children across this nation of ours. At a scant 0.012% of the federal budget, it is well worth the cost. We should be outraged at the hypocrisy of anyone talking about education without acknowledging the vital importance of the earliest years.
PBS is working to fill that gap. What are we doing?
The problem with multiple choice tests.
Read question 12 (real question from a real test, issued to students).
None of the optional answers correspond with areas where trees are actually growing.
Therefore, a student may reason, “Maybe there’s a pollution problem with the island (or too rocky) and trees are not able to grow there. Perhaps the flood plain is regularly flooded and trees are not able to grow there because of the moisture variability. The base of the mountain may be an especially poor place for trees to grow due to frequent rock slides. And with climate change, the mountain top may be suitable habit for trees to grow as the area warms, especially since there are already a number of trees growing on the mountain.”
Even amid the heated education debates & discourse as of lately, my inner Pollyanna still dream’s big. 15 blue sky daydreams, if I had my way.
We have got to stop calling the 21st century the “new century”.
It’s 2010, people. We are over 1/10th of the way through it. If people live to be about 80, we don’t call them “new people” when they are 8! They are young, sure, but not new.
(The most recent example I found was in an Education Week commentary by Barbara Chow, who is the director of the education program at the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. She writes, “… participate fully as citizens in the new century.”)
You contend that “teachers are treated very well” and cite a healthy paycheck and a robust pension as evidence. I am intrigued by this position.
So here is my challenge to you:
1. In order to characterize teachers as being “treated very well” there must be other examples besides the ample paycheck & pension to substantiate this position. Can you provide some? Extra credit if you can find teachers (retired ones are fine) who support the claim that we are “treated very well” overall.
2. Find an example (or multiple ones if possible) of teachers and/or the teaching profession being positively characterized by major media outlets in the last 6-12 months, examples that make teachers proud to be teachers.
Because I see you as an intelligent and well educated person who is very well informed, I have no doubt you’ll find quality examples. I look forward to what you are able to come up with. Cheers.
Oh the joys of parenthood. Or is it the woes? Or is it both? A funny look at staying home with the kids during summer break.