I used to think that the ability to achieve any particular goal in life was attributed solely to ‘the heat of one’s desire’, or how badly you wanted that outcome. Haven’t really eaten a decent meal in the past three days, but I feel relatively stable from a physical standpoint – however, I feel the transient limit my heart can take in terms of exerting myself. Just not.. hungry. Depressed? maybe, but not hopeless. Just a lot to think about.
I think about the fact that it’s the first day of school.
There was this one teacher in high school I looked up to, taught basic computer skills and such. (Much of my memories of that time, however, centered around Napster and text-based MMORPGs like Achaea played in Telnet!) The only way I was able to get online at the time was to go to the library (used to get in trouble coming home late for downloading SNES ROMs after school hours @ 3.66 KB/sec, hehe) and NetZero (remember that?).
<Okay, it’s word association time! I promise this one will be short. ^_~v>
Teaching > Career > Bureaucracy > Common Core > ???
Most teachers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing have complained that they feel marginalized, and it’s of extreme concern considering that my child is moving through the same (or better yet, similar) system of education that myself and my siblings have gone through. The idea of grade school still being heavily linked to the ‘age’ of the student feels horrendously foreign in a world of ubiquitous internet accessed by relatively inexpensive devices… I just wonder if the curricula will evolve with the times.
Especially the ‘Common Core’ thing…
In my present state of ignorance concerning the status quo of educating ‘minors’ in America, there isn’t really much more I can say. It seems like the general focus is in preparing students for college. However, the life experiences I’ve had while working & in school makes me question that singular, time-locked [after 12th grade/17 years of age] aim. This isn’t to say that the system is all messed up and destined for failure (surely the teachers I know wouldn’t wish that for their students); just that… well, I fear the potential disconnect between antiquated standards of what governments say our children ‘should’ know compared with the sometimes rapid-moving dynamics of the world as it relates to our talents & passions. <What’s good for the ‘nation’ as a whole compared to what’s good for the ‘individual’, you know?> And the teachers, those people who directly influence our children’s lives, seem like they don’t have a voice. That’s what bothers me most, really.
If you felt anything from reading this, your feedback would be much appreciated. Especially regarding the words, ‘Common Core.’
Thank you! and may your days be well.
(Oh, and why vitamin A? Just been snacking on a lot of carrots lately, hehe.)