I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~Lily Tomlin
School may have started already, or, as in NYC, it is just about to start. Getting the room ready, setting up your files, your lesson plans, backward planning your curriculum map (what do you mean, what’s that?), putting up the new bulletin boards outside your rooms, hanging up this or that, taking inventory of the classroom library: all this and more. You’ve been to the store a few times, at least, and you’ve most likely come close to spending a lot of your own money that will not be reimbursed for the coming year.
You gab with those you haven’t seen all summer, gossip with those you have, and already start thinking about where to go Friday after school for drinks. Don’t deny it. Plans for vacations will probably come up once or twice too, and the kids haven’t started yet.
Now, that’s if you’re in an area that puts something into the schools.
Now, I have been a school teacher in New York City. I’ve seen first hand the overcrowding. I’ve heard the complaints about no funds for copy paper, new books, material, and more.
According to the link above, this is ONE classroom of an elementary age school. Siblings of various ages are put in the one room, with one teacher. ONE TEACHER.
Should we not expect the best for the children of the world?
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~Albert Einstein
What’s my point? Yes, we want the best, the cleanest, the newest, the ability to have the most resources for our students.
It’s not going to happen, unless everyone gets behind the Educational System, and not only go beyond the care of the aesthetics of the school (the bulletin boards and such) and really get back to what is important: allowing education to happen. Concentrating on how to reach and engage the students more than buying the right color choice?
Can that one teacher lead those in his or her classroom as effectively without the frills and gadgets? Yes, of course. Those things are only gloss and the razzle dazzle. Test scores as the only means of assessment are only razzle dazzle. They obscure the basis of what is real: finding the way to reach students that are getting more difficult to reach, and in some cases, more difficult to manage.