Education Transformation Sound Bites

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After feeling defeated by watching the Education Nation Teacher Town Hall, I was happy to attend the Future of Education Event, Elevating the Education Reform Dialog. This incredible conversation was lead by Steve Hargadon, Betty Ray, Alfie Kohn, Deborah Meier, Diane Ravitch, Sir Ken Robinson, Gary Stager, Chris Lehmann, Julie Evans, and Will Richardson. The conversation I felt focused on supporting teachers and finding solutions to education transformation. My huge problem with the Education Nation event is that many teachers seemed to send the message that we should get rid of bad teachers. I think that is a waste of breath to shout fire teachers when we could spend that energy finding viable solutions to education transformation! I was sadly disappointed that when educators had the chance to spread a message through the media, the ones on the Education Nation show did not send support or talk about the real issues plaguing our education system, such as the focus on standardized tests or the bad policies that chain educators into teaching to the test. The Future of Education Event did send a message of support and we discussed how to break the chains of bad policy.Chris Lehmann, one of the panelists, put forth the idea that we need to come back with our own sound bites much like the celebrities speaking against teachers do. Therefore, I have listed sound bites collected from the event through tweeting. I did these quickly as I listened so these may not be the exact words of the speakers.
Sound Bites
Its deplorable we’re no longer asking teachers how to improve schools ~ @alfiekohnI’m allergic to too much top down; Teachers should oppose national standards~ @alfiekohnThe elite will decide what those standards are ~ @alfiekohnIf our goal is for kids to be excited about ideas then reform a very different direction~ @alfiekohnPeople who know least about how children learn are the ones with the most power~ @alfiekohnWe need to promote diversity not uniformity in the models we prescribe~ @SirKenRobinsonThere is no ‘silver bullet’ for education. All schools are different~ @SirKenRobinsonIs there a scalable solution? This is the wrong approach~ @SirKenRobinsonWe need solutions, can’t spend too much time finding the problems~ @SirKenRobinsonThere’s a need for more than reform, there’s a need for transformation~ @SirKenRobinsonEvery school can transform itself in the next year, you don’t have to wait for permission~ @SirKenRobinsonChange happens from the ground up and politicians have to create climate for this~ @SirKenRobinsonThe moment is right to take the conversation forward, movement through social media certainly possible~ @SirKenRobinsonHow do we leverage student voice to drive this conversation?~ @projecttomorrow Julie EvansA website is no longer enough, those with big voices like George Lucas need to say “Cut it Out”~ @garystagerGeorge Lucas could go to Washington and say Cut it Out re Standardized testing! Media would follow him~ @garystagerI think the folks strangling us right hate children and certainly teachers~ @garystagerReal learning happens when we can create schools that are democratic and not mandated to follow the status quo.~ @garystagerMedia insanity showing if we do same thing over and over but louder it will work ~ @garystagerMany schools show alternative what school can be in democratic society, many models~ @garystagerIn some places, schools are mind-numbing soul killing places~ @garystagerVery difficult for teachers to see themselves as learners 1st, teachers 2nd~ @willrich45We can’t talk about learning without talking about technology~ @willrich45Schools as we know it aren’t the only places children will learn~ @willrich45We will never bully teachers into caring about kids~ @chrislehmannChildren should be the forefront of everything we do, not the implied object~ @chrislehmannDemocracy- You are as good as I! Message we need to get across ~ @chrislehmannDo teachers have a say in their work environment? If yes, then better alone or collectively? Teacher Unions~ @chrislehmannCelebrities and politicians beating us to the punch line, stealing our language~ @chrislehmannWe need to learn the message of Twitter, say it succinctly ~ @chrislehmannTeachers can be heard, it begins with the bloggers~ @DebMeierPeople like @stevehargadon can bring teachers to the forefront~ @DebMeierThere has to be a way kids can be raised in an environment of trust ~ @DebMeierTeachers try to be trouble makers till they’re threatened then we must decide~ @DebMeierAs teachers there is a lot more we can do speaking and writing about our role in school reform~ @DebMeierA long history where teachers not respected and treated like a bad child, a strange world~ @DebMeierSchools built on the assumption of distrust that shows itself in so many ways~ @DebMeierWe don’t build in enough time in schools for parents, teachers, students to have conversations~ @DebMeierNo reforms will work unless there is respect for the teachers in the classroom! [email protected] future of democracy as an idea is important to get across~ @DebMeierWhat is it that is so important that we require students to be there day after [email protected] we need to get across we are building a profession not a revolving door [email protected] taken 40yrs for me to get my voice heard, don’t wait that [email protected] the voices of Teachers be raised when media with billionaire boys [email protected] has to be a counter narrative where teachers are [email protected]’m worried the national dialogue is hostile towards [email protected]
Challenge:
Share the recorded webinar with educators not involved in social media and find out their thoughts about the ideas suggested.
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