Cory Roush

Dissonance and tension plus reflection and resolution equal intellectual growth

A Vision for Future Educators

I was recently elected President of the student organization for education majors at Ohio University-Zanesville; in essence, I've been given a college-sized playground (albeit a regional campus) in which I can begin to apply some of the things that I have learned over the last few years in regards to education. As I said last winter when struggling with an educational technology course: I don't like to complain about things without first trying to fix the problem myself. Grumbling about things is useful in select few cases, but standing up and facing an issue head-on really gets things done.

I opened this past week's meeting, the first of the new academic year, with a question. Thanks goes to those on Twitter who helped me formulate a perfectly provocative question:

"Looking back at elementary school, high school, college, and beyond, what do you value most about your education?"

The future educators in the room may not have realized it, but we were developing what I hope will become our vision for everything we do now and in our own classrooms and school districts. The answers we developed were:

1. Freedom, choice, and opportunity

2. Personal relationships/mentoring

3. A variety of challenges

I finished up this brief discussion with one last question, which I'm sure any reader of this blog has asked themselves at some point. If we've valued these things in our own lives and see them as important pieces of the puzzle that makes up our education, why are they often the hardest things to find in our schools?

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