Defending his question, Richardson does still believe there is a need for schools because of the important role schools have in communities and the equal education opportunities they are intended to provide for those in that community. I agree with him on this, and I also think the social aspects of school are important, because in our online communities we often meet people with similar interests, and in schools we must interact with a variety of people, who differ in interests, characteristics and social mannerisms. I feel that school is an important factor based on this alone, because teachers have the ability to teach the social and community building skills necessary for collaboration with those we may not be independently inclined to work with, and that’s how life after school works.
Richardson also mentions how the tests that students must pass are used to measure how different countries’ education systems are performing, and how irrelevant and unimportant these changes are. This is what sparked my interest in how what happens in schools is changing, and how testing is not enough, or maybe not even a necessary part, to measure students’ success.
As an elementary school teacher, I have been challenged to change the traditional layout of the four walls of my classroom, giving students more opportunities to succeed in untraditional ways, and teaching them more of the life skills they will need to prosper outside of my classroom in our technologically advanced and globally connected world. I now challenge you, my reader, to think about how you can change yours.