Will We Have Jobs in 10 Years?

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7 thoughts on “Will We Have Jobs in 10 Years?”

  1. Okay. There are a couple of things I have to say.

    Public free education for the masses came about in the East in response to trying to get children out of harm’s way on the factory floors. Let’s educate the citizenry. So this babysitting idea is not a recent thing. It was a built in idea. The elite administration managed to build another industry where we teachers felt a calling.

    Small rural houses of education weren’t factories, it they were accomplishing the homeschooling that many hungry learners were missing if their parents could not read or write. Those teachers taught to small diversified ages and skills of students. I doubt any languages were stressed but really an extra if the teacher had it in their background. So our United States education system that developed had an emphasis on assimilation always rather than diversity. And those parents paid the teachers through providing food resources, wood or coal for the wood stove, upkeep on the school, and maybe a few dollars as salary. Teacher was expected to eat on Sunday in a visiting rotation to various homes.

    Where did I come up with this stuff? A history of ed course and a teacher who wanted us to realize the system was not designed for future educators but babysitters. The privilege of curriculum design for teachers in the subjects required was on its way out and districts would be developing or using commercial poducts to teach the masses. We saw that change.

    We saw the education facilities become massive big boxes just like the grocery stores and hardware stores and dry goods stores. Gone!

    And I will get off this tirade soon. In 2006 sat through another painful budget meeting for my small charter school and asked why if we desperately needed another, second janitor or someone to do maintenance on our old buildings we weren’t channeling funds there but were buying another round of computers. We had a few in each classroom by that time. Why were we buying interactive screens for classrooms rather than fixing plumbing and draining issues? No one replied but a board member who worked in the education department at FSU took me aside afterwards to explain education was changing with emphasis on tech rather than experiences and hands on. That to understand why I needed to follow the money. I looked at her. And she explained the government money. So I did and discovered the educational changes focused in commercial products textbooks in computers was being allocated by Texas Republicans, i.e. the Bushes. Blew me away. So there is my conspiracy theory for you. Is it true? Who knows what the truth is today.

    Today we have the experience of seeing parents take by the delivery of their child’s education. Good! Some won’t and we may have apprentice and master programs develop again. What happened to learning to a plumber? Maybe advanced learners will be using computers a lot more to get deeper education. Maybe small walking schools and charter schools will emerge.

    We are on the cusp of HUGE change. Hold no expectations and work for something that looks doable in your circle. Don’t try to change the world. Too many to influence. Change your community. The people you know and together you will change community wide, regionally, and beyond.

    I am grateful to hear of the people in the streets. I am grateful to do my small part to bring us into this new century of better living, I am grateful to the young people who have influenced how I teach. . . to the heart.

    Okis Ci (that is all that I have to say on this matter)

  2. This is good. I don’t go with conspiracy theories because I am trying to learn to forgive and not blame. You might know something about that, more than me.

    Those who conspire may not really be conspiring consciously, just showing their weaknesses. It won’t be forever. The Big Wave is coming, a wave that’s going to knock everyone flat on their asses. We need to get ready so that we can stand tall for the kids.

    We need to figure out how to reach the kids, because isn’t that what teaching is all about? I know for a fact that that is what you are all about, Kate. Concern for what is right and good for kids seeps out of you, out of every word you say, as you make sure that our young charges know that life is worth living in Florida.

    I just can’t go with the conspiracy thing. Nobody’s conspiring. They just saw an opening and they took it because their hands are big and their minds are small. But all those openings are closing. They are closing as sure as the lid on Rayshard and George’s coffins closed, and it will all be new.

  3. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    Here are some of the lessons I hope the wider (non-teaching) community has learned about teaching and learning during the stay at home period of the pandemic, esp through my elementary glasses:
    the most important part is the way learning (being in class) makes you feel
    the physical setting/environment is a great factor – more than we might’ve expected pre-lock-down
    the social milieu cannot be under-estimated
    kids are hungry for rich sensory stimulation – a flat screen usu doesn’t cut it
    students (we all) are hungry for love, empathy, attention, feedback, action

    While humans are addicted to their devices for many reasons (dopamine, distraction, entertainment, consumerism, social media, information, etc.) we’re all also realizing its limitations in the educational domain… Social workers, school psychologists, behavior interventionists, etc. are worried about and trying to prepare for the shit-storm that may come as young people return to buildings (whenever that happens). I can foresee diminished attention, fatigue, overwhelm, acting out (emotional dis-regulation), aggression, impulse management, sadness, withdrawal (screen-as-drug), sleep disorder, separation anxiety, sadness, etc. as emergent hurdles in the elementary schoolhouse….
    The pleasant, reality-distracting and community-building common experience that Ben advocates (and is crafting a new template for us to use remotely, if necessary) is an antidote to many of the likely hurdles we will face in or out of school…
    I agree with Kate that while it’s nice to try to see our contribution and impact on the world, change is local, and we can contribute and impact our students’ lives by bringing our best most humane teaching selves to our kids…This will involve experimentation & error, reflection, recalibration. It’s what we signed up for. Whatever happens, home screen or (half-filled masked?) classroom, if we come from a place of researched aligned strategies, imagination, creativity, light-heartedness, empathy, we are bound to touch our students’ hearts. The language will follow in the service of connection.

  4. Alisa said:

    …social workers, school psychologists, behavior interventionists, etc. are worried about and trying to prepare for the shit-storm that may come as young people return to buildings (whenever that happens). I can foresee diminished attention, fatigue, overwhelm, acting out (emotional dis-regulation), aggression, impulse management, sadness, withdrawal (screen-as-drug), sleep disorder, separation anxiety, sadness, etc. as emergent hurdles in the elementary schoolhouse….

    I think it is not just going to happen at the elementary levels, either.

    This is the first time I’ve read something like this – the idea that kids will not be able to self-regulate on their return to school bc their emotional life will have been left in tatters by what they are experiencing now, and by the fact that they were innocent before COVID, but when they see the insides of their buildings again, anew, when they see the ugly underbellies of the brick and mortar beasts, innocence gone, and become aware of the mean people in there who had mixed in with the REAL TEACHERS who live in their hearts, they will see those mean people and revolt.

    Hyperbole? Laying it on too thick? I don’t think so. Perhaps poorly expressed, but certainly something is afoot. A new awareness by EVERYONE seems to be happening.

    I hear Alisa saying that when they hit the school buildings, after experiencing the isolation piece that is probably a lot worse than any amount of TV messages about how happy and loving some families are in isolation, they won’t be able to stand it.

    In other words, I hear Alisa saying that there is going to be an emotional shit-storm bc the kids, whose hearts during the crisis have been/are being hijacked by their phones/screens/TVs, will have lost their ability to function in the cruelty zones that many of our brick and mortar have become, the kinds with too many teachers who are mean and cruel, those that Jenna mentioned.

    It is like there is a generation of kids crying out for someone to teach them with LOVE or at least in some actual human fashion when they return to their buildings again, but the teachers won’t be there, having been turned into robotic jailers, and we’ll be in some kind of Orwellian nightmare, or are in it now.

    If this is some kind of battle for the soul of America, then bring it on. I’m itching for a fight, after listening to mean people tell me how to teach for a lifetime. I didn’t say anything then, but I’m fixin’ to say a few things about it now. It’s time. Mean people in teaching, you may want to gear up. This is not going to be pretty.

    Ask me if I can link this to BLM. You already have your answer. His name is George Floyd, but also Eugene Williams, my assistant track coach at Myrtle Beach High School, whose life didn’t matter either. Not killed by a cop, but by an even more lethal force – systemic racism. And I always thought he died of AIDS….

    If you don’t know how a person can be killed at the age of 35 by systemic racism, I’ll show you where he lived in Myrtle Beach, a second floor hovel in the Myrtle Beach ghetto called Racepath – a redlined donut hole around the millionaires’ hotels – where just surviving his neighborhood on a daily basis was a heroic feat.

  5. Alisa thank God you were called to teach. You so get it! The students of all ages will need their emotional needs met first. Online or offline. That comes first. And in teaching languages it is crucial because we are immediately throwing them into their survival brain when they cannot understand the words we are saying or have the visual cues of our faces in masks.

    Teaching to and with the eyes will be all important as well as going slow and walking the talk.

    May you both be blessed in your work this fall.

  6. Thank you for your blessing, since it comes through many lives lived her on this soil, back in time thousands of years, with that collective wisdom born in a land and time we can never know. Maybe THAT is why I would rather have the blessing of a Creek tribe member than that of my own pastor, whose own roots are most probably intertwined with the stained red roots of conquistadors, and don’t go that far back.

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