In education, perception and reality must be the same

As I write this, my younger son is visiting family where it snows. A lot. So, when he shared on Facebook about going snowshoeing with the family, I, having never been snowshoeing in my life, assumed he was wearing something like this:Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 4.14.24 PM

When I learned he was actually wearing something like this:

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it made me laugh and then think about the difference between perception and reality.

And as silly as it may seem to some, I then actually thought about my students and how perception is really what drives education. Of course, we want our students to be prepared for whatever their future holds, but if those of us who are in charge of that preparation are misinformed about what we are preparing them for, then we have a big problem. A really big problem.

I think educators are working hard to do the right thing by our students, but I also think we must do our best to stay properly informed so our perception is a lot closer to reality!

We need to have meaningful conversations with our students.

We need to have meaningful conversations with industry and business.

We need to have meaningful conversations with ourselves.

Together, we must make sure perception and reality are the same. Anything less, and we are only fooling ourselves to the detriment of our students and their futures.

How will you as an educator prepare yourself to be better at making ready your students for their future college plans or career paths?

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About barbarawmadden

I began teaching in 1981, but after a few years decided staying home with my children was what was best for my family. After almost 20 years raising four children, I returned to the classroom in 2005.

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