We don’t need to be teachers to make a valuable contribution to education. Learning also happens outside the classroom and it requires community effort.
Parents/guardians, step-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers, neighbors, and friends come together to make sure kids are cared for.
No role in education is insignificant.
If we live and breathe, we share a responsibility to our communities to assist in educating the youngsters roaming this earth at this time.
You don’t need to become a school commissioner or a district leader. You don’t need to become homeschoolers or distance learners either. You need only to begin right where you are. Every little bit of support in education is important.
It’s also essential that we unite as educators, parents, students, etc. The division among us is palpable, unnecessary, and unhelpful.
What one thing will you contribute to education?
- Shed old beliefs about education by opening your mind to alternatives
- Commit to reading updated literature in education
- View homework as an extension of classroom learning, not a drill-and-kill mandate
- Support your child’s teachers
- Volunteer at your child’s school
- Shift your mindset about your role in the lives of children
- Honor the children in your charge
- Ensure diversity is honored at all times
- Offer to tutor a neighbor’s kid
- Offer to teach a new skill to a family member (like knitting or woodworking)
- Offer to read stories online
- Donate school supplies
- Help make a school accessible
- Call out racism, ableism, childism, discrimination, etc.
Another way you can contribute to education is to take action right from where you are.