Tonight I was on Twitter watching some of the discussion on a new program that the Office of Ed Tech is endorsing called #GoOpen. The main thrust of the program is that schools would openly share curriculum resources and get rid of basal textbooks as a cost saving measure. I presume that the money would then be freed up for other things that districts typically don’t have the funds to purchase…such as additional tech resources. On the surface, it sounds good. To a primary teacher…it’s like nails on a chalkboard.
I realize that we’re trying to make all of our kids college and career ready…but, I’m just trying to get mine ready read a sentence. Instead of getting rid of basal textbooks, here are some things you could do right now that would help me teach my kids.
1.) Trust me to know what is best for my kids. I am with them more than you are, Mr. Government Entity.
2.) Understand that there is more to making a primary aged student college and career ready than manipulating a piece of technology.
3.) Encourage parents to find ways to help their kids stay active and off of a couch.
4.) Stop changing the goal posts on the standards and expectations. Get it right the first time…it’s what you expect of me too, isn’t it?
5.) Remember that primary aged kids are not the same as high school kids. If I wanted to teach high school, I’d be doing it.