Band-aids are great right?! I mean hey - we're stuck on band-aids and band-aids get stuck on us. But that is exactly what they do. They stick on tiny cuts that have barely broken the skin. The real cuts need real help. And the same goes for school systems. A system built on band-aids isn't strong and won't last.
Band-aids don't make school problems all better!
Band-aids are meant to be temporary solutions and too many of today's schools are using band-aids to fix their problems. These aren't going to last. They are short-term solutions, and short-term solutions jeopardize any change efforts!
They do save time and money, though. And just like band-aids, they are quick fixes.
Schools need long-term solutions! Long-term solutions represent hope and knowledge, in that they are systemic, occurring over a long period of time. Long-term solutions provide tools for assistance for a broader depth of knowledge, addressing complex causes of serious problems. This leads to better understandings, communication, and problem solving.
Our schools need...
-robust meaningful current curriculums that are ever-evolving without the cost of continually having to purchase them
-continuous and supportive professional development focused on creating highly trained and skilled educators
-strong interventions for ALL students
-embedded social emotional learning
-respect and empathy for educators, students, and families
So let’s find the long-term solutions for these needs! Let’s reshape American education for the better with long-term solutions for long-term change and success!
By Miss Rae