I have been puzzling over the question of Educational Reform and Arts-in-Education (AIE) since I got my teaching certification in 2005. Yes, not a long time, but once I was in the system it has become a major concern of mine. In the links above, I’ve stated some of my opinions, provided links for further information, and asked questions of the readers of this blog. If you haven’t had a chance, please add to the discussions on those pages. The more we bring to light what concerns us in regards to education, the better the chance to start making things happen.
During an online conversation with Dr. Molly Faulkner, professor at Palomar College in California, we were brainstorming a questionnaire that I am formulating. Ms. Faulkner said, once we boiled down the ideas to the Big Topic:
“Educational reform has to start at home. Once we realize the importance of education then we are willing to fund it. There needs to be a massive ad campaign about parents/guardians being part of the solution.”
I had brought up, in the initial notes I presented to her, and in a previous blog, that holding parents accountable in all areas in their child’s schooling is one important step. Not just a voice to add at PTA meetings, but involved in the day to day process with their child, supporting challenges along the way at home and in school.
Taking this one step further, I’d like to ask your views on the following questions:
- Where will educational reform happen?
- What is the role of parents in educational reform?
- What is the role of the school (principal; teachers)
- What is the state goverments role?
- What is the national government?
Here are some sites on Educational Reform to read:
The Debate Over Education Reform and Funding
Please join in. I am looking forward to reading your responses.