by Thomas R. Shipley EdD (Author)
“School” is one experience we all have in common, all remember, and to which we all relate. Whether we are in our twenties or in our eighties, we all have strong opinions on just how the classroom experience affected us and how it “should have been” conducted. We recall good teachers and bad teachers; we complained as students and we complain as adults. We complain as employers; we complain as taxpayers. Next to the weather, education must be one of the most complained-about topics in our culture; there is no doubt that it is one of the most expensive. The Revitalization of the American Classroom recounts many successful experiences that I used during a long and productive career as a teacher, an administrator, as an educator. The suggestions I offer can be implemented with little to no expense or additional line items in the budget. They may be implemented statewide, districtwide, or by an individual classroom teacher, with equal success.
I have tried to express these revitalization methods in a common sense language, easy to understand and easy to implement. It is my fervent hope that this book will be read by student teachers, practicing teachers, parents, taxpayers, and educators at all levels. I believe the implementation of these practices will result in amazing enhancements to our children’s classroom experience and overall satisfaction with their education. Throughout these chapters, you will notice there is no price tag on anything I have suggested. Class-size remains my only concern with a cost implication attached. You are now teaching the students who will be expected to be capable of solving Global Warming, Polar melting, over population, air pollution, fresh water shortage, and negotiate inter-continental governmental cooperation.
Perhaps we can make this generation the first one to look back without complaining about bad teachers, wasted time, useless subjects, or ineffectual experiences. Perhaps we can make this generation the first one where the entire voting citizenry has not been separated into the few and the many, the haves and the have-nots.
Is such a generation possible? …
Can we again be recognized as an model to the world? …
Are we capable of achieving a superior quality of a functioning government? Locally, our survival as a nation requires it. Globally, our survival as a species demands it.