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Turn On Empowerment Switch

Posted by Admin On April - 9 - 2010

POWapril10It is an unfortunate occurrence for the most of the educational systems across the country that many of the school corporation programs and guidelines come from top administration. There is no guarantee that a degree in school finance or the vote from the electorate of the area can provide the best possible solutions to the age old problems of illiteracy and low academic achievement.

In far more progressive schools and corporations, good ideas come from all sources, parents, students and teachers. This process is educational empowerment. It draws upon resources often neglected in the traditional schools and by that act, unites the school and community for an exciting and effective union.

Everyone has something to offer when it comes to the child’s education.  In early times, parents were often responsible for their child’s educational process. They knew their student and taught them the knowledge they had in a manner that normally worked well for their children. The creation of large school corporations took that ability away from parents and in most situations even from the teacher.

Empowerment gives back the control of the educational process for the benefit of all involved. As a parent, if you feel that what you have to add to your child’s education is valued, you tend to value the system higher and support it more thoroughly.

As a teacher, empowerment gives you the ability to use the skills you spent hours honing and flex your creativity in the classroom for the benefit of the students. The added freedom means the use of creative learning techniques, more input into the creation of curriculum, more job satisfaction and an increased desire to work toward perfection.

As a student, empowerment gives you a voice in finding what works best for you. While you may fight some of the new changes, often you’ll find they are far more beneficial than the status quo techniques and help you to not only improve your test scores but also find they include exciting and interesting ways to make that happen.

Empowerment focuses on everyone’s involvement to help Johnny read better, Susie understand math and George identify all the states of the union. Many of the newer programs depend on everyone’s involvement to help the student. They require the dedication of all to the acquisition of excellence.

The reduction of drop outs, revamping of No Child Left Behind and the Race to the Top are examples of the government opening up the challenge for school reform. While competing for large school grants, as outlined in the Race to the Top program, may seem a bit out of the traditional sense of decorum for many schools, it brings the competitive nature of school corporations to the foreground. This was only witnessed before in athletic endeavors. It also creates an environment ripe for innovation and creativity. This method of fund competition forces many different political entities to take a second look at change for the schools under their auspices.

With the new changes in legislation and governmental programs, the potential for empowering teachers, parents and students is ripe. This is a time to take action, speak out and have your voice heard. If you choose not to, you may loose this important opportunity forever.

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