Thursday, July 12, 2007

Do They Dream in the Rubber Rooms?

It appears they do. Here's a piece sent to me by a resident:

To Paraphrase Martin Luther King:

I have a dream!

Wouldn't it be great if the school system was controlled by people who actually had a stake in our children's future.

Wouldn't it be great if teachers were free to explore different ideas and concepts that would challenge the intellectual abilities our kids and not just make them clones to some standardized test.

Wouldn't it be great if the latest technologies (ipods, computers, wifi, cellphones, etc.) were embraced as new and creative ways of enhancing learning throughout the system rather than being controlled or done away with by a paranoid administration that thinks that anything new that can't be controlled by them is dangerous.

Wouldn't it be great if teachers, parents and principals could communicate, talk and debate about scholarly topics rather than being suspicious and circumspect of each other.

Wouldn't it be great if students could "hang out" with their teachers and eat lunch with them as they do in Japan.

Wouldn't it be great if teachers were unencumbered to say anything that came from their hearts to their students without first asking themselves, "Will this be taken the wrong way?", "Is this politically correct?" or "Will I get in trouble for saying this?".

Wouldn't it be great if the ideals that we all learned about in our constitution were actually practiced in our educational institutions?

Well, we can all dream can't we?

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