First there was “A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of ESEA”, now there is, “A Blueprint for R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching”.
The Blueprint for Reform was published by the U.S. Department of Education in March of 2010. A mere three years later, in April 2013, the U.S. Department of Education published it’s new blueprint.
It is exciting to see that the Federal government recognizes that change must occur in the culture of the system of education.
The statement made in the beginning of the new blueprint, “Every child in America deserves a high-quality education that prepares her or him for college, a career, and the responsibilities of citizenship” tells us that we are still on the road to reform without changing the focus.
Developing A New Vision of Teaching and Leading tells us, “For the first time, national groups representing teachers, superintendents, school boards, and state leaders put forth a common vision for teaching and leading. Today this joint statement forms the backbone of the Department’s RESPECT policy framework. The statement’s seven critical components for transforming the teaching profession are laid out below. . .”
Those critical components sound very much like the attitude we’re taking with elementary and secondary schools, “We must support the programs that prepare highly effective educators and offer high-quality and substantive curricula and clinical preparation experiences. We should expand the most successful programs, help other programs improve, and close down the lowest-performing programs if they fail to improve after receiving support” and moving it up into the post-graduate arena.
When we begin to change the way we think about our children and how they learn, every child will receive the education that best suits the gifts and talents they bring with them.
Failure is first experienced by the child and then expressed by the adult. We must first consider our children’s success in order to “grow” successful adults.
It is not a building or an institution that fails, it is a human being, failing to receive the education promised them by this nation’s system of education.
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