A Change Is In the Air
As a child, I loved school. It was my way of escaping a traumatic childhood, a temporary exit from dysfunction. I learned the importance of a quality education, how it was a critical catalyst for improving my life. I was so passionate about education that I would go to my maternal grandmother’s house and teach my younger cousins how to read, write, and do math.
Throughout the years, I pursued education with gusto as if it would disappear. I received my bachelor’s, master’s, and a doctorate degrees. I had achieved my childhood goals of becoming the first in my family to obtain a college degree at every level. I accomplished that goal in 2015. It was surreal. I still pinch myself.
I had no idea that someday I would detest public education (K-12). I witnessed our children being dumped down, literally indoctrinated. In 2017, and with a very heavy heart, I left the education field because I would not participate in destroying free-thinking children. I believed my passion for education died in 2017. I was wrong.
I advocate for homeschooling. I advocate for parent-teacher collaboration. I advocate for keeping teachers who truly educate and rid those who indoctrinate. I advocate for respecting learner diversity (not cookie-cutter education models).
I’m a facilitator of learning. We need facilitators of learning, NOT indoctrinaters. Students will learn to trust us when we focus on helping them learn the basics: reading, writing, and math. It is our responsibility to nurture a positive and inviting learning environment while simultaneously developing a sense of academic community. As proclaimed educators, then we must model accountability and responsibility by ensuring our students are given an opportunity to think critically, think independently, and learn how to analyze (sift) through information allowing them to determine what is fact verses fiction.
We need more male teachers who are willing to be strong role models, especially since many boys and girls don’t have a father figure in their lives. We need teachers who are called. It’s their lifelong desire to encourage their students’ academic success.
True facilitators of education have three main responsibilities to: 1) plant seeds of knowledge (introduce), 2) water that knowledge (facilitate), and 3) examine the results of the imparted knowledge (results). If we focus on this trifecta of quality education, future generations will recover what has been lost in the past and present academic famine.
There is a major change in the air. I can sense it. It will come from our newest generations. Although I may not be here to witness it; but it is in the air.