“Student loan debt now stands around $1 trillion. Education is often a great investment – but the proposition is more in question every day. Higher education prices increased 440% over the last 25 years – four times the rate of inflation, and twice as bad as health care. Elementary and secondary ed prices have skyrocketed, too, with not even adequate outcomes. On the other side of the ledger is the Moore’s law ecosystem, the most ruthless force in technology and the world economy. Last quarter Netflix streamed two billion hours worth of video – or 228,000 years worth in three months. In just the last week of December, smartphone and tablet owners gobbled up 1.2 billion apps – 43% by Americans. Twenty years ago, a terabyte hard drive, if such a thing had existed, might have cost $5 million. Today, you can pick one up for $69. The price of information plummets. Yet the price of education soars. These two trends cannot both continue. Guess which will crack first.”—Apple and the Education-Information Chasm - Forbes (via infoneer-pulse)
“Higher education is not a luxury. It’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.”—President Obama speaking in Michigan today about his plans to make college more affordable (via barackobama)
“Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn.”—
…But with you - I felt as though nothing could touch me, if anything happened, the Hell with it. You don’t know what narrow lives we girls have, how few real adventures there are for them; misadventures, yes, like abortions and little men following them in subways, but seldom anything like seeing the ships at night. So that’s why we’ve taken off like this, and that’s also part of why I love you.
This semester I’m switching from being asked to constantly think like a teacher to being forced back into the role of a student - it’s a weird mental transition, but I’m proud of myself because I still find myself noticing things that I would use with my future students, and unlike before my previous semester of teacher ed, I can think of ways to implement these new ideas. Beyond making me proud, it makes me feel like my teacher candidate training is starting to finally kick-in and cement itself within my brain - just in time really, becauseeeee this time next year I will be IN THE CLASSROOM for my student teaching semester. And, even more frightening+exciting, TWO YEARS FROM NOW I WILL (being positive about the job market scenario) BE IN MY OWN CLASSROOM.
As I make these realizations I’m going to dedicate more time to documenting my growth as a student and future educator through this blog :]
PS. If any really cool teachers-in-the-making or “real” teachers want to start following my journey to the classroom, I’m definitely interested in following your story too!