Perhaps our work is not innovative. Perhaps our work is not ‘disruptive’. Perhaps our job is that of intellectual work and public service, not sexy enough because we lack venture capital or Silicon Valley money
Forbes Created a 30 under 30 List for Education: Included Exactly Zero K-12 Teachers
Tim Monreal

This is the sad perception, but it is not — or should not be — the case.

  1. Especially in an age of rapidly changing innovation and science, education should be keeping pace as much as possible. I believe that this relatively new trend is one reason we see multiple unsuccessful to measure student success, and the political rancor our curricula, testing, etc. Furthermore, each student is an individual, and if working with, and educating a multitude of personalities doesn’t count as innovative I don’t know what does.
  2. Education should not be inherently disruptive. Personally, one of my takeaways from my education is the need for public discourse and the competitive tug of ideas. Sometimes we need disruption, and other times we need stability. But if we aren’t teaching students to have this conversation and apply their own judgement, then we aren’t doing our job. That work should be stimulating for everyone involved, and given that free public education is an historically new phenomenon, empowering individuals on the level that I imagine should indeed be considered radical and disruptive.
  3. Teaching isn’t sexy enough. It’s a damn tragedy. We don’t honor teachers enough, we don’t pay them enough, and we certainly don’t equip them with the resources and training they need to be successful. I honestly wonder how gross the discrepancy would be btwn how much money is spent per student in most places vs how much money is spent on a professional athlete’s variety of home, away, throwback uniforms over the course of a season. And of course we already know the pay gap btwn the teacher and the athlete. Publicly and collectively we need to pay more respect to teachers and do our best to set them up for success.
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