As a nation, we need to reevaluate the requirements needed for individuals that are selected to teach our children and run our schools.
Far too often I see schools being structured and managed like a business and less like an educational institution. Most educators choose this field not for the financial luxuries but the desire to create change.
Wage disparities, educational disparities, lack of cultural competence, little to no empathy for the communities they serve and believe it or not there are educators that are not fans of children.
This is a general concern, not specific. I have to point this out because as a parent and educator it is often assumed I am always speaking from personal experience. But I am an Educational scholar, which means these issues are bigger than my own experiences. I devote so much of my time trying to research, gain knowledge and help improve such a broken system that is riddled with a history of greed, disparity and systemic racism.
Education is not just a job for me, it's a commitment to dig deeper into the impact and role it has on our lives.
Keisha M. Robinson, M.Ed, M.S.