We Can Wednesday-Answer the Echoes of Change

Posted by Brenda Yoho

In the year 2024, as the echoes of a nation ring with calls for change in education, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment in history. The sentiments reverberating across communities and classrooms alike are clear:

"We need a change in education." "Education needs to reform to meet the needs of students." "Education is going through an adjustment period now." "AI will help to facilitate the needed changes to support learning with more technology usage." "Recharging education is needed to retain teachers." "Rethinking education to support what students need for the future." "Focus on social emotional needs of learners to address mental health."

These sentiments, while echoing from various points in history, carry an urgency that demands our attention. It's a call to action to not just improve what we've always done but to fundamentally rethink our approach to education.

”Only education is capable of saving our societies from possible collapse, whether violent or gradual.”~Jean Piaget

”Human history is a race between education and catastrophe.”~H.G. Wells

”As we face an increasingly febrile future, the answer is not to do better what we’ve done before. We have to do something else. “~Sir Ken Robinson

As we stand on the shoulders of giants like Jean Piaget, H.G. Wells, and Sir Ken Robinson, we're reminded that education isn't just about imparting knowledge; it's about shaping societies, preventing catastrophe, and navigating the uncertain future with agility and wisdom. I have been influenced by all of them through my studies, listening to TED talks of Sir Ken Robinson and his books. One of his books titled, “Imagine If…Creating A Future For Us All” is where I found the quotes I shared. As leaders, we need to read daily and stretch our minds to always ask questions, reflect and strive to answer why.

The truth is, our current systems are fractured, failing to deliver on promises of equity and excellence. Despite our best efforts to "raise standards" and "leave no child behind," and promise “every child will succeed”. Equity, to me, means ensuring that every child in our nation has equal access to opportunities. However, it's clear that we're not allocating resources to schools evenly or providing consistent levels of quality staffing. The reality remains stark: we're falling short of our aspirations. The question is Why?

The reality is that our existing systems are fragmented, falling short of their pledges to uphold equity and excellence. Despite initiatives to "raise standards" and ensure no child is left behind, and assurances that "every child will succeed," the truth is evident. Equity, to me, means ensuring that every child in our nation has equal access to opportunities. However, it's clear that we're not allocating resources to schools evenly or providing consistent levels of quality staffing. The harsh truth remains: we're not meeting our goals. The question arises: why is this the case?

But amidst this challenge lies an opportunity for transformation. It begins with a commitment to repair broken systems, starting with those within our control. Whether you're a teacher, administrator, or leader in any capacity, the path forward is clear: lead with intention, empathy, and a relentless focus on building relationships.

In my book "Lead with Two Rules," I emphasize the importance of consistency and connection in leadership. By addressing students and staff by name, fostering an environment of trust and camaraderie, we lay the groundwork for meaningful change.

This isn't just about policy reforms or technological advancements; it's about the human touch—the simple act of showing up, being present, and truly seeing those we serve. It's about recognizing that education is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor but a deeply personal journey that requires tailored support and understanding.

So, as we confront the challenges of the present and chart a course for the future, let us heed the echoes of change that resound across our nation. Let us embrace innovation, empathy, and a steadfast commitment to building a brighter tomorrow—one student, one relationship, at a time. For in the end, it's not just about what we teach but how we empower the next generation to shape a world that is yet to be imagined.

It is home, school and community working together to solve the problems we face. I hear, I see and I know we are lacking self-regulation, respect and the motivation needed to achieve. We will not be able to fix these issues over night because together we have created the issues we face for years now. However, we can begin today with Two Rules and trust. Together We Can e the solution today for a better tomorrow.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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