The process opens with a set of demographic questions that help characterize the community and the questions. For the NCERT conversation, we were curious about whether certains myths resonated in certain states. Read the thoughts below to find out.
"School funding. One of the pervasive myths is that California schools are fully funded."
"That all students have the same needs. Staff do not see the color of students."
"Public school systems waste too much and are over-funded. To develop the kind of schools that we desire and to "tackle" all the problems pushed on American public schools, we truly need to examine the ability to provide the resources required. We are very short of counselors, social workers, and other support staff that would allow teachers to teach."
"There is, more-or-less, one learning platform for success in life. Our system of education pre-determines what every student needs to be successful, teaches, measures, reports and ranks all students and schools in this regard, making it difficult to create a school system that authentically prepares a student for success in life based on their unique strengths."
"The US vs. THEM Myth. Some seem to want walls between staff and administration or between building administration and central office. Being siloed or balkanized is safer in some ways and keeps people from having to be real and vulnerable with each other or reflective about their practice."
"That State funding meets the needs of educating our students. It creates a disconnect between tax payers expectations and what we are able to deliver."
"Too many Americans think our schools are failing. Too much nostalgia for the days when our schools sorted kids and were OK with kids dropping out. Now that we are scrutinizing our data and holding ourselves accountable, the picture looks worse, but is actually much better."
Our interest analysis not only reveals small groups, but also thoughts that are important to the entire community. The common interest thoughts below showcase three solutions to changing the public narrative that Superintendents across the US agree are important.
"We need to celebrate the great work that is occurring in our public schools rather than letting media tell a story that does not represent our work. We need to be vocal."
"We need to stop blaming teachers. The most important part of a quality education is an outstanding teacher. The rhetoric around low test scores being about poor teachers is simply not accurate. Education is far more complex than it is being portrayed and this rhetoric is discouraging great teachers from teaching altogether."
"Public schools need to evolve. Teaching and Learning will look very different in the next 10 years. We are function of society and the "workplace" model that public education has had for 100 years is changing. The need for "go to school" is being eliminated. The need for good instruction will never end. Teachers are needed."
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