Here’s a hard topic to discuss. Are we holding on to traditional educational standards to keep jobs for people? I ask this because of how things work in my current high school. Every year I hear students say they were turned away from courses because “there wasn’t enough room in them.” I hear of students being turned away from electives because “that’s not what colleges want.”
These comments make me wonder what is actually happening here. If there was a shift in educational standards, it is a fact that there would be a shift in employment in education. We might not need as many teachers from a certain subject so they would be let go unless they could fill in as an educator in another curricular area. That would cause a lot of uproar in my opinion.
"If there was a shift in educational standards, it is a fact that there would be a shift in employment in education."
So if you look at this from that standpoint, I believe we are trading jobs for authentic education. Maybe I am imagining things, but at my school, there has not been a reduction in force in over 10 years. This leads me to believe the registration system for students in my high school is rigged. I feel we are saving people’s jobs as is. Maybe we could train teachers to teach more authentic subjects at the high school level while they are employed. Maybe we could look at unnecessary graduation requirements and change them to be more up to date.
"Maybe we could train teachers to teach more authentic subjects at the high school level while they are employed."
I know if my son or daughter was turned away from a class that offers authentic learning because of this I would be really upset. Wouldn’t you? Let’s look at different ways to save jobs AND provide more authentic learning for our high school kids. Another way to #disrupteducation.