Innovative Ideas for Transforming Education
Starting as a 5th grade Social Studies instructor and working my way through the K-12 and higher education ranks, I officially became a professional teacher in the fall of 2001. I have enjoyed every moment of it. I have gained a wealth of academic knowledge, from Pre-K to Ph.D. degrees.
I am sitting in an airport right now, on my way to an edtech conference in Europe. I am grateful for all of the opportunities that the profession of education has provided me, so I try to give back whenever I can, generally in an essay or op-ed. I have approximately 40 minutes until my next flight takes off, so I created a new article about a few game-changing educational ideas.
Let us rethink teacher education from the ground up.
A properly financed art and music curriculum should be available in every school.
Do not whine; instead, demonstrate how parents may participate in their children’s education.
Grades should not be given to students.
Retention and promotion should be eliminated.
To reduce student homelessness, school districts should take the initiative.
Accept the benefits of artificial intelligence.
Re-establish the movement for accountability.
Have a high school student signing day. Students who have a job lined up will start shortly after graduation.
Allow students to design their learning routes.
Stop recruiting instructors who have not demonstrated that they can benefit their students.
Stop appointing school administrators who have not proven themselves in the classroom.
Allow students to build up their regulations.
Stop squandering Title 1 funding on activities that have no meaningful impact on student achievement.
Stop creating the notion to students that not going to college will destroy their lives.
Allow additional time for primary students to play.
Schools and educational researchers should collaborate.
After lunch, allow primary students to take an hour’s sleep.
Allow students to bring their refreshments to school.
Teachers’ pay should be doubled.
A tutor should be appointed to any child performing below grade level.
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks should be provided to all K-12 students, regardless of age.
To better suit parents’ schedules, all schools should be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Deconstruct, rebuild, or rehabilitate dilapidated school structures.
What did I overlook?