A Social CompactAugust 13, 2012
There has been a huge emphasis on evaluating and improving teachers. I fear that will have little effect on student learning. No matter how good or bad a teacher is, if the students are not involved in their own education, they will not learn. On the other hand, a student who is willing to participate and work can learn from any teacher.
The problems of public education are a societal problem — a society that no longer values individual work ethic and a society that wants to place the responsibility for education on what is taught, how it is taught and by whom it is taught, instead of on the students who are responsible for learning.
Education will continue to struggle in this state and country until society remembers that true education requires two parties: a person who teaches and a person who is willing to work and participate in the learning process.
“That’s the problem with a lot of people”, he continued, “they don’t try to do stuff that’s never been done before, so they never do anything, but if they try to do it, they find out there’s lots of things they can do that have never been done before.”