Reflective Teaching: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers (Day 17)
Topic: What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?
I think the most pervasive challenge in education is the continued negative feeling attached to the profession. How all the failings of the country are settled on our shoulders. That the media more often than not focuses on the few negative things happening instead of focusing on the good. I believe that other nations are outpacing us in education not because of excessive more hours spent at school or on school work but because of the general attitude of the nation on education as a whole. You have countries that view their educators as professionals, and are paid as such- it's not the pay, it is more the attitude attached to teachers in this country. The well known saying, "Those that can't do teach..." that is exactly what is wrong with education in this country, because it simply isn't true.
It even goes to the family connection, the value that a family places on education over other activities, in our country we are obsessed with our sports & celebrities. At the middle level so many of my students believe with their whole heart that they will become a professional athlete, a rapper, or the newest one a YouTube personality. YouTube Famous! We have a serious problem where we aren't placing enough emphasis at HOME, not just at school, on the importance of a good education- no matter what level you finish at.