Today is blog for education reform day and I’ve spent a week trying to think of what I wanted to say about education reform.
I’ve been reading a lot of the other blogs participating and have been duly impressed by the level of conversation and the ideas expressed.
It is all leaving me very cranky.
I know education reform is taking place somewhere but where I work I’m not seeing it. Oh wait. Is all that testing reform and I’ve just not noticed it? If so, I’m sorry, I’ll try to pay more attention in the future.
Here are some additional reforms I’d like to see.
1. I’d like all the students in my school, my city, my state and my nation have equal access to exotic things like math books. I’m tired of reading about one-to-one laptop programs here and there when the kids down the hall from my classroom don’t have math books but all the other 6th graders in the school do.
2. I’d like to see the smaller class sizes the City promised and was given extra money to accomplish.
3. I’d like to see the reductions in paperwork the city has been promising for years. I’d much rather spend my time gathering materials and planning than filling out forms.
4. I’d like to see my employer pay for the supplies I have to buy every year. It used to be chalk and stuff like that, now it is hard drives, cables and other things to keep the small amount of tech I have access to so my students might not fall ever further behind the more prosperous part of the populace.
I know these are small things and not what anyone is really thinking about when education reform is the topic, but if we can’t get the small things done can we really expect the big things to happen?