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Redifining Teachers with a 21st Century Education 'Story' by Thom Markham
In Thom Markham's article Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education 'Story' he discusses the differences between successful schools in the world to unsuccessful schools in the United States. He focuses on the incorporation of culture, work, and engagement and how those three focuses lead a school toward success. He then discusses how the US only focuses on memorization of facts versus relating education to real like scenarios. He also claims that students that are put through a US education and pre-determined and selected to recieve a particular educaton that will allow them to recieve a white collar job. This differs from successful schools that allow students to choose what they are interested in and can expand their knowledge in that particular chosen field.
As an educator, I found Markham's article very interesting. I personally maintain a progressive educational philosophy, meaning that I believe that teacher should focus on individual needs rather than just teaching a designated subject matter. I find myself agreeing with much of what Markham presents. I believe that a student's education will be much better served and received if a student has a choice in what they are learning. I also agree that all lessons should in some way, shap, or form, be related and adapted to real life scenarios and situations. Students should be able to use what they learn today, tomorrrow, next week, next year, and five years from now. I completely agree that the US education needs to have some serious changes and reforms and I believe that that change should start with the teachers. I only hope that by including choice in my classroom I can provide a successful education for the students I have in my classroom.
Read the article here!
MindShift, By. "Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education ‘Story’." MindShift. Web. 25 Oct. 2016.
Teacher candidate at CSU, San Marcos.
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