I love my job because I’m constantly learning. I learn how to be a better teacher, what I want to take place in the classroom, and what I want to take place in the world each time I teach. I learn about new perspectives, innovative ideas, and questions that I should be asking. I get to be inspired by committed, hopeful, energized people willing to sacrifice a little to better the place we live for all.
This week, a few students agreed that I could share some of their work. My first guest blogger is Tyler Kennedy, a student who is passionate about sustainability and who has become very involved in our Enhancing Youth Literacy course discussions and hands-on work. His words appear below in teal.
The general public is not educated in terms of funding of educational programs because it’s not a subject covered in our sensationalized media today….If I were in charge of educational funding, I would assuredly allocate more funds toward early age education and parental support and assistance programs during the first few years of childhood. However, this is due to my belief that it is not an educational problem as it is more of a poverty issue, which has repercussions in education…Providing a social help network to poor or needy families can go a long way. Building and repairing libraries and other community resources is a great start. With so much wealth being traded daily in our nation, how can we let our brothers and sisters suffer without basic life necessities?
Conversations and thinking about poverty, our education system, and the media are the first step in creating change in our communities, and I’m proud to be a witness and participant in this kind of discussion.
A Question for PDXEAN Readers:
So, what do you think, readers? Why are we uneducated about education and what’s the best way to educate a public that often feels apathetic or defeated?