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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Current State of Education in NC

I was reading the N&O blog titled "The Opinion Shop," where North Carolina educators from around the state wrote letters to the editor, voicing frustrations around lawmakers' decisions to change teacher funding. Everyone whose letter was published clearly articulated his or her arguments. I was especially touched by the last one on the page, written by Greg Nance, a WCPSS educator.

Mr. Nance provided thoughtful support for the big picture from a budgetary perspective, while providing insight into how the changes will effect individual teachers and thus students. I would like to see office holders, whose jobs are voted in, spend some time walking in the shoes of their constituents. Crunching numbers has very different meaning when lives are directly and indirectly correlated to decisions made detached of human consideration.
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My son graduated college in December, 2012. This past weekend he moved from Texas to North Carolina so that he could save money, continue to plan his future (graduate school or Officer Candidate School) as an Aerospace Engineer. He worked as a substitute teacher and tutor in the College Station Independent School District, mostly tutoring high school mathematics students. In his short stint in education, he made a difference in the lives of many. Some of his "students" took the time to express their gratitude to the school's administration. My son has experienced many things from the educator's perspective, but one thing is evident: teaching is much more than a career. Teaching is a commitment, an art form; teaching demands educators know their content, understand pedagogy, build relationships, integrate technology, design and differentiate learning and continually assess student progress/growth in order to flexibly modify their plans.

Experiencing life as an educator would demand much more than spending time, walking in the shoes of one.

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