Having spent over thirty-five years in the field of education, I’ve often heard colleagues say “This too shall pass” in reference to some new local, state, or national requirement or mandate that meant there would be changes that the school would have to adhere to or implement. And as was often the case, their predictions were right, as these changes would fade into the sunset.
Many of those changes were initially sparked by A Nation at Risk (1983), the report of The National Commission of Excellence in Education, warning of the U.S. education’s mediocrity and advocating a focus on academic standards. Since that time, we’ve witnessed the signing of the American Education Act, the U.S. Senate passing a nonbinding resolution denouncing the history of standards, the signing and implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, and the development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), just to name a few. And all of these reforms and changes have resulted in a great deal of discomfort and fear among educators. Often this fear is fear of the unknown – fear of not understanding the change itself or fear of the unknown consequences of the change.
Even today, 30 years later, with a common set of academic standards equivalent to those of high achieving countries, advanced technology far beyond our imaginations, and more research about how our brains learn than ever before, there’s still much fear and discomfort among educators. Some are fearful of the standards themselves, while others embrace the standards but still wrestle with how to provide quality instruction and training for teachers with limited resources and funding. So what’s the solution?
Here at LearnBop we think the answer lies within “advanced technology far beyond our imaginations.” Our goal is to utilize technology to bring together a “community” of like-minded individuals who are interested in learning more about:
- The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
- Maximizing opportunities for all students to learn mathematics
- Providing professional learning opportunities for teachers
We’ll offer free information and resources based upon the community members’ needs and requests in the form of blogs, forums, webinars, guides, recommended resources, etc., while at the same time providing a platform for teachers to share best practices.
Knowledge is power - to overcome fear you need to understand why or what it is you fear. Together you and I, our community, can provide the knowledge that will empower students and teachers. Let’s make it happen!