I just finished reading the book: The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. It was a good book; the kind that is thought provoking and pushes one to action. I would encourage you to read it, if you haven’t.
In the following weeks, I will mention this book often on this blog. Mr. Friedman is not a teacher; he is a journalist and a father. However, he can articulate an educational mission for our children with surprising clarity and vision. His comments on education and social justice are commendable.
The first issue I am going to tackle is responsibility and pride or work ethic. In my own educator’s journey I see how our students’ work ethic has change. I remember not long ago the effort our students used to put in their work. But in the last 5 years I have observed carelessness in the way they work and in the assignments they turned in, when they decide to turn them in. If any one of you feel the same please let me know. We need to strategize and combat this enemy with all the tools we have.