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The New School of Wisdom

I saw today’s Daily Prompt and had to participate. I am there. 

You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?

I would change things. Having worked in the Education and the Business Fields I have experience in both areas. Yes, there are systems that have been established for Education that have been used for years. And Teachers that have taught the same course – for years. 

In my opinion, much of what our kids learn is not applicable once they enter the workforce. Yes, they can figure out square roots and learn about cell division and know what a preposition is. But how does that help them in the real world trying to get and keep a job in today’s market? 

What are the Top jobs available to them once they graduate? Those are the skills they should learn. And why is there so much knowledge without wisdom?

  

Skills I Would Teach

  • God’s Word – it is Truth and Life and an Anchor in this thing called life. We all need some promises to hold onto. 
  • Consequences. Not everybody gets a trophy.
  •  Healthy Boundaries in any relationship. Not every boy that says he loves you is telling the truth. And lots of kids lie.
  • Learn how  to balance a checkbook. Unless you learn to manage what God gives you, it will manage you.
  • Learn how to handle change. Things will not go as you planned – guaranteed.
  • Life isn’t fair. Deal with it.
  • Don’t believe everything you hear. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Just because somebody said it – it doesn’t mean that it is true.
  • Right is right and wrong is wrong. Just because you can -doesn’t mean you should.
  • How to handle conflict.  Pursue peace and avoid gossipers and slanderers. There will always be people who throw you under the bus. Shake it off.
  • Keep your peace despite the drama. There are lots of people throwing darts around. And tons who like to stir the pot.
  • Take  a breath and trust God. He will lead the way. He will show you the path to walk in. He will hear and answer your prayers – He promised.

  

Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God]. – Proverbs 29:18 AMP

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What Seeds Are Your Words Planting?

As I join the throng of High School Educators and Assistants I am learning the power of words on the next generation. I am humbled. And sad. It has only been a month yet I already see the “kingdoms” that some adults establish to prove their importance. I have seen good teachers who encourage and strengthen our youth. But I have also seen those who plant seeds of doubt and confusion.

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What Seeds are your words planting?

Here are some Humorous Examples of Types of Teachers from Teachthought.com

  • Crazy Teacher – This is the teacher whose class you don’t miss. The one that roller skates into class on the first day of school tossing out goodie bags of highlighters and breath mints, and swigs Mountain Dew right out of the 2-liter bottle before putting it back in her purse.

  • Rebel Teacher – This is the one who mocks the principal when they turn their back, thumbs their nose at “the state,” and encourages students to stand on their desks and rip their SpringBoard book into pieces. Viva la rebel!

  • Over-Achiever Teacher – This is the teacher that has to have their class first at everything: first in fundraising, first to the lunchroom, first in reading goals, first in parent participation, and first to every PLC meeting–everything graded, in alphabetical order, with a “research-based strategy” ready to start the meeting. All in the name of education and “school spirit,” of course.

  • Fire-and-Brimstone – If you do not learn to read Chaucer or solve theorems with the  same urgency as the Fire-and-Brimstone teacher, you’ll fail. At life.

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