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Discuss why you think the statement you picked has a significant impact on our educational system as we know it, our school, your classroom or the students you teach.
Discussion is more valuable when you post your thoughts and then respond to other teachers. Please reply to 2 to 3 others who contributed their opinions.
You have to have a degree…but this is not a guarantee for a job.
This statement is true when it comes to today’s students. We tell them they must go to college if they want to get a good paying job. However, many students also learn that there are many great paying jobs out there with just a high school diploma. What do we as an education system need to do to show kids that a college degree is always better for success when this isn’t always the case?
I loved this comment as well, especially for the fact that it shows there are other options. A 4 year degree is not for every student, that's why I love CTE. Students need to be shown that success is not based on a piece of paper but rather on their ability to succeed. I have always been an advocate for the blue collar worker and tell students that it those jobs that make up the backbone of society. We could not function without those jobs, electricians, plumbers, the trash man, just some examples. Whats wrong with being a trash man? Nothing, thats what. We have created a society that looks down their noses at these people, who by the way, are successful. We have created our problem. We have made it not okay or a travesty that a student go to a trade school or apprenticeship in order to start their career rather than attending a 4 year College. Does not every kid growing up want to be successful and have a career? Why do we have to label what is a successful or fulfilling job for a student? If we have not experienced it how can we make that judgement for our students? I think it is our job to create the experiences so our students can find out for themselves!!
That is why I love Peetz! As a school and community we seem to be the exception not the rule. I still feel that we need to realize that not all students are going to choose a career path that needs a bachelors degree or higher and embrace their goals to help them achieve it. Perfect example is a senior from two years ago, he left our building to attend classes that were based on his interests. Have we done that since, or before? I am still the youngest in the building so I don't know what happened before I arrived. The unfortunate thing is we see the trend of declining college enrollment but we also see a declining number of workforce ready students as well.
I couldn't miss a chance to excited over pumping up the Blue collar folks anyway!!
I also like this particular quote from Ron. College is not for every person out there. We have those students that struggle with your sciences, math, English or history classes and just can not get it, but are great with working with their hands fixing things (the electricians, plumbers, etc.). So why not let them go to a trade school that teaches them just what they need not all the extra stuff.
Success is not measured by how big of a degree you have or how much money you make!!
"The Arts are the victim of this Mentality"
I agree with this statement not how it is written above but how the true victim is Aesthetic Learning. Teaching what I do allows so much for aesthetic learning and I am very fortunate to keep that alive. I see first hand what it means to have students engaged beyond intense listening, but actvie participation. Too many of our classroms have become a place of boredom for our students, they lack engagement because of either instruction or content. I know that I have plenty of days where because of my instruction or the topic of the lesson I am not being an effective teacher and it seems inevitably that I can easily point the finger in a different direction, namely students for the reason. Yet those days that learning is engaging and fun for the students are the days that I myself have been engaged to my students needs. I really feel that our students now are as aesthetic as they ever have been. They are overloaded, actually no, they are not overloaded. Kids have the ability to absorb so much of what is going on around them and presented to them through videos and games and radio and all types of media that when they sit in our classrooms and we put that fast paced world on hold; inturn our kids shutdown as well. We have shut off everything that stimulates them to the point they no longer tune in. We struggle to engage the "whole" student. I will quit rambling and ask a question. Can you engage just the mind? Is this still our mentality as teachers?