An Opportunity To Think Outside The Box
My parents were both teachers, so education and learning were central in my family. Our conversations at the dinner table always included “How was school today?” “Fine” was never a good enough answer. My parents wanted to know about my math exam, art project, and my grade in French class (ugh!). Thankfully, there were four of us kids, so no one took the heat exclusively. The Catholic nuns who taught me in elementary school, the public school teachers I had through high school, my college professors, and the mentoring I received in the Navy reinforced my love of learning and inspired me to continue.
I believe these relationships were critical to me receiving a good education because they reinforced the value of learning. Families and educators working together to instill a love of learning in children provide a foundation that can empower children to think, reason, solve problems, and express themselves creatively. Those skills will serve a child for a lifetime.
The pandemic is forcing change as educators and parents grapple with how to keep children healthy while continuing their education. This is happening in towns and cities around the world. Let’s look at this as an opportunity to think outside the box and revamp public education. We can experiment, refine, and share new models to adopt a more resilient system that allows us to continue the learning process while staying safe. Whatever that new model may look like, we must nurture the relationship between students, teachers, and parents that is so critical to the learning process.