School Focus and hocus pocus

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Current school focus (although they say that it’s the welfare of the child… It’s really):

  • 1. student management,
  • 2. Budgets,
  • 3. staying competitive (good standardized testing scores so that they are judged favorably),
  • 4. crowd control (and security) to deal with violence,
  • 5. teacher satisfaction to the extent that they avoid union issues

Where schools should focus:

  • 1. Curriculum as it relates to the real world needs and the students’ future,
  • 2. Student’s positive emotional state and skill development related to their goals, abilities and future,
  • 3. Teacher’s emotional wellbeing, tools and support as it relates to their abilities to coach, nurture and motivate their students to do and be their best,
  • 4. Teacher tools for providing the active learning environment that is most engaging and necessary to the learning process,
  • 5. Training teachers to recognize and appreciate the divergience of their students and the benefits, strengths and vision already in them, ready to bloom and grow for the betterment of all.