Podcast: #edchat – School culture


I believe, after 34 years of total dedication to the profession, student success and committed idealogy, that this is THE most undervalued variable to success in public education. The current horrific leadership by Government not withstanding, the social dynamic of management, admin, teachers, parents and students, is a massive variable in whether an institution is effective. The notion of efficiency, productivity and value added effort is so much a business model. Public education, if you value it, needs to address school culture on all levels. To just portrait public education in labour or economic terms is foolish. The struggle of teachers to be treated (maybe uniquely) fairly is about nurturing a positive school culture. The podcast linked here discusses the issue objectively. The compensation of professionals in education cannot be addressed unless the environment of healthy culture is also handled wisely because so much of education is driven by the social dynamic of adults and youth. The topic of volunteerism always opens up passionate debate because teaching is never as simple as drilling oil or producing a fixed product. Teaching always includes nurturing children in the humanity of thinking. Even a teacher, who volunteers as an athletic coach, is always focused on the ‘development’ of the person, not some easily measured variable like industrial productivity. Children are not widgets. We all need to never forget school culture in our policy, actions and attitudes. Tom Whitby’s Twitter based #edchat podcast gives the issue of school culture terrific value. – Al Smith

Once a week Highlights and amplifications from the Twitter discussion of the week on #EdChat. Hosted By Tom Whitby and Nancy Blair and members of the EdChat team of moderators including MaryBeth Hertz, Kyle Pace, Jerry Blumengarten, Jerry Swiatek, Steven…

From Al Smith – @literateowl


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