Saturday, 22 June 2013

A moral crisis

I'm a fan of audiobooks. They give me an opportunity to and from school to defragment and to get ready for the next task ahead, whether it be at home, or at work.

This week I began listening to Dan Brown's Inferno. It starts with the following quote from Dante's "Inferno".


I immediately started thinking about all of the things going on in education at the moment. The things that are impacting on my work, on the work of my colleagues and on the students. Things that aren't educationally sound, but are about running a business. 

The things that are about compliance not education. And the things that are dumped on us without any consideration to what we should be letting go to get the new thing done. No...it's all add ons.

For me this is a moral crisis. It's about how we are behaving. Are we doing the right thing by our students and our schools?

So what do we do about it? Do we, as the teaching profession, just let it keep happening? Do we stay on the fence and hope that if we close our eyes it will go away? Or do we stand up and say enough is enough. 

There has been so much change in schools whether it be professional standards, curriculum, assessment, testing, compliance...and there seems to be something new rolled out when we least expect it.

What do you do to have your say?

Do you write to your local member? Do you write a letter to the editor? Do you talk to your colleagues? Do you talk to your friends and family? Do you talk about it on Twitter? How are you raising awareness about the issues in education?

Or do you sit on the fence and hope it goes away?

By the way...I had to go back to the beginning and start the audio book all over again...

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