Be the Change you Want to See in Education

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Schools Must Change
Teachers are seeking early retirement because they cannot take the school system any longer. This is happening around the globe. Teachers need students like 18-year old, Nikhil Goyal to tell it like it is. The school system needs to change and fast.

I just came back from an international convention for EFL/ESL teachers of TESOL in Dallas. The conversations I had with teachers focused on how exams and teaching to the test are frustrating teachers and students alike. We all agreed that we need to force a bottom up change to keep the school system from collapsing. Policy makers are ignoring reality. Their refusal to listen to students and teachers is going to cause a huge walk out.

Revolution in Education
The time is right for a revolutionizing the school systems worldwide. I became a teacher to try to change the system from the inside. I did my best to get my students and their parents to see the truth and speak out. I also tried to move my colleagues to action. A few years ago, I tried to start a facebook page and ask for support to walk out of school for one day a protest against the school system, but no one wanted to join me and I was left on my own.

Say No to Your School Administration
I call teachers and students to join forces and make a difference. Don’t accept the way things are. Organize groups and start a campaign to change the school system. Students and their parents out number the policy makers. Let’s make our voices heard now.

One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School
Nikhil Goyal took the initiative and did what many teachers dared not do for fear of losing their jobs and missing out on early retirement. He wrote One Size Does Not Fill All. The rationale for the book fits every teacher’s dream, to disrupt the system and tell it like it is.

Nikhil Goyal is my Hero
I tried to get teachers and students to start a page on facebook and say no more to the school system, but no one was ready to follow me. You are invited to join the conversation with Nikhil Goyal and I on WizIQ Conversation on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM (EST). Here’s the time zone to check for the exact time in your area and the link to join us on WizIQ. This is a must attend live online session. The recordings will be available, but it won’t be the same without your presence. So, mark the date on your calendar and join Nikhil and I.

Dr. Nellie Deutsch has a doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum, technology, and instruction. She conducts research and writes on fully online and blended learning programs, presents online and face-to-face at conferences, and organizes professional development workshops to educators worldwide. Nellie is passionate about learning and helping others reach their goals. She has a relationship-based learner-centred approach to life and learning. She consults, writes, and presents (face-to-face & fully online) on e-learning. She uses Moodle for her course management system and WizIQ education online to connect to colleagues and students in real time. Nellie is a faculty member of Atlantic University, the program coordinator at the World Association for Online Education (WAOE), on the program committee and reviewer at EdMedia, on the steering committee for computer assisted language learning interest section (CALL-IS) at TESOL International Association, manager, designer & lead facilitator of Moodle for Teachers (M4T) workshops at Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). Nellie has been an ambassador to WizIQ since 2007. She organizes annual and tri-annual MOOCs such as Moodle MOOC in June, October, and February, Second Life MOOC in April, and Well-Being MOOC in September, online conferences such as CO09-CO14 on February, and Moodlemoot 2011-2014 in August that are sponsored by WizIQ.

12 Comments

  • Reply March 27, 2013

    Anindita Sengupta

    A good number of student icons above the chat board sharing their views & leaning/teaching each other.

  • Reply March 27, 2013

    srujan

    Nice post and I agree system must change

  • Reply March 27, 2013

    Tara Benwell

    Excellent. I work for a publisher that is trying to be part of the change. We just returned from TESOL and heard the same complaints. Don’t give up!

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    Dr. Nellie Deutsch

    Share the blog post and be part of the change.

  • Reply April 2, 2013

    Torn Halves

    Perhaps before rushing to demand specific policy changes we still need to join a few more dots. One of the limits of the critique of the schooling system seems to be its narrow focus on schools. Might I suggest that one of the problems that some teachers with a sense of a vocation face is the perception of a certain lack of relevance in what goes on in school. The real education goes on outside school. People like Sir Ken Robinson give the impression that while there is lots to criticise in schools, there is little to be criticised in the informal education that children receive from as soon as they are able to sit up and focus on pixelated images and listen to digitally enhanced music. But if we look more critically about the dire influence of that informal education, don’t we start to see schools as places where some alternative might be offered?

    • Reply April 2, 2013

      Dr. Nellie Deutsch

      Hi Tom, are you suggesting that we reform schools and turn them into informal-like organizations or that we keep them as they are?

  • Reply April 16, 2013

    robert mccall

    I agree, bottom up change is probably the only logical conclusion given the teaching professions adversity to disruption. I work in English Language training, blended learning platforms, courses etc for corporates, government ,schools,and universities. Corporates change rapidly not only to improve outcomes but also to improve the bottom line. No problems there. But schools are a completely different kettle of fish. In a way they appear more concerned about maintaining the status quo, than improving learner outcomes which as bizarre as it may seem can be the only answer. How can collaborative, peer to peer, social, project based learning be a bad thing? When I was at school I had the same problems as the student mentioned above – I was bored, and I saw no point in being a drone either. I was exactly the same. Let students learn at their own pace, lower the cost, and encourage sharing and collaboration – not top down learning.

    • I hear you, Robert. I’m also surprised by the fact that schools “appear more concerned about maintaining the status quo, than improving learner outcomes which as bizarre as it may seem can be the only answer.” The question is, what are we going to do about it?

    • Reply April 16, 2013

      Dr. Nellie Deutsch

      I agree with you about schools need to keep the status quo, but what are we going to do about it?

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