The role of the classroom, and school, has changed dramatically in our society.
What is the NEW role of the classroom, and the school, in our NEW reality, and in the future?
Before information was so freely accessible, the school house was one of the very few places one could have access to information (someone had to teach you to read before you could access the knowledge in books!). Information was power; and access to information was limited.
Those days are gone.
With the swipe of a finger, our students have access to every single piece of information that we teach in the classroom. The knowledge we wish to share with them is free and accessible.
The school and the classroom as places of learning are irrelevant. Those days are over.
Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to students. And the political debate over what constitutes safety continues… But has anyone cared to ask what makes our students safe? What does a “safe” school mean for them?
A safe school, for them, means that they are receiving messages of AGENCY, SAFETY, AND CARE
AGENCY – “I WILL DO” When your students feel supported, they can achieve anything.
SAFETY – “I CAN DO” This isn’t just shutting the door and armored guards. Do our students feel safe to be themselves? Do our students feel safe to raise their hands in class?
CARE – “I CAN DO AND WILL DO FOR MYSELF” Do our students feel loved? Do they feel cared for and looked after? Every child deserves to be loved.
THIS is the NEW role of the classroom, of school as a system. School no longer is a place of learning, it is now a place of GROWING. A place where teachers and administrators focus on the person FIRST and all of the students receive messages of AGENCY, SAFETY, AND CARE.
Our schools are more important than ever, and their importance will continue to rise. WE must ensure that our students are loved, supported, and feel safe to be the best version of themselves that they can be. 50 million children go through the public education system every year; students of diverse backgrounds who come together to grow.
When our children grow together and are supported and loved; we all win. The education system is a place where the emotional and psychological infrastructure of our society is built.