Wow! My first blog post. Pretty neat.
Re: “self-evident” learning entitlements for 2026….since I am not fond of the word “entitlement,” I will offer some thoughts on what I might consider ideal in a learning situation. First, I would wish for every child a family/home environment that prized learning and that stimulated the child’s curiosity and sense of values (there IS a difference between right and wrong, and…just because something CAN be done, it does not mean that it SHOULD be done). Without these as a backdrop (and I know I am being far from realistic here in thinking we could ever reach this state), there is a limit to what the educational system can do. Still, I would also wish for every child teachers who exhibit the four qualities that appeared in an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education on April 3, 2015: personality, presence, preparation, and passion…with passion being far and away the most important. Money is not the only thing that will attract quality persons to the teaching profession, as most of us who have chosen education as our vocation will affirm. Teachers who have these four P’s will foster learning and that sense of curiosity that is so important in a vital society. And for our schools and learning institutions, I would wish a greater level of independence and less focus on assessment (which, no matter what anyone says, does promote teaching to the test) and certainly much less emphasis on compliance with the ever-increasing policies and statues coming from various departments of education at state and federal levels. Children should be helped to learn in every setting and from everything and everyone with whom they come into contact so that we benefit from community-based learning, from lifelong learning, from values-based learning and from a philosophy that prompts learners to go as far as they can as fast as they can. Curiosity and creativity together can solve a myriad of the world’s problems…and all learners need to see themselves as part of the solution to the challenges at every turn.