Priority Purpose of Schooling

Purpose gives meaning to the work we do. But are we clear on our purposes? Do we have a priority purpose?

The first question was about purpose. What is a priority purpose of schooling?

Some answered with reality. This is the current state. And others answered by envisioning what could be (or should be) the purpose of schooling. Here are the top three responses.

The purpose and priority of school are creating productive, well informed, well educated, problem-solving citizens…with character development thrown in! – Melanie Lee

“I feel like the priority of education should be helping students figure out who they want to be…not what but who. We go to school to become better daily and improve…let’s push for students to grow daily.” – Cathleen Beachboard

Measuring Priority Purpose

Is there an alignment between what we measure and what our priority purposes are? Can there be such alignment?

If schools have a mission, a priority purpose, are we measuring our progress to that purpose?

“One thing I know for sure is that the numbers lie. It is so disheartening to teachers to know how far they have come with students and yet they are judged by one day in the school year on a test that may or may not even aligned to the standards they teach.” – Tracy Bratton

“In my world of special education none of the “assessments or measurements of achievement” truly reflect the progress my students make. We get so caught up in the assessments and checklists that we forget to educate the child.” – Lauren Maher

“The current accountability measures reflect what is easiest to measure. We know we need to measure more but do not yet have a system to do effectively.” – Kelly Christopherson

One thing I know for sure is that the numbers lie. It is so disheartening to teachers to know how far they have come with students and yet they are judged by one day in the school year on a test. @asbellprincipal #822chat Click To Tweet

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