Fifty Years of Science Education … Looking Forward
Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a science fiction junkie and that as a scientist I’m fairly excited about the future, much of which we didn’t necessarily predict. But it does feel like we keep getting into these current crises, and we haven’t solved some of them. We’re back in the mess a little more than ever. So I want to take a few minutes to talk about education as a system and what we think we know, about how the technology is going to add to or subtract from our school system and how we’re working through how we want to manage the change.
Leading up to the midterm election, my academic adviser is advising me to focus on issues that may influence the election, such as teacher salaries, school safety, higher wages, etc. I’m listening to her, and I’m searching for ways to contribute to my job that will strengthen the community and give back to the classroom in some way. This is on my agenda this semester, which will allow me to be a better leader, teacher, adviser, and model for the students. And when I’m finished this school year, I’ll be grateful to know that I’ve done my part to strengthen the community and solve a problem.
However, since I have to report on what is currently going on, which could drastically impact the school climate, I know it’s going to be challenging. Is there anything that I should be looking into, anything that I should look at and prepare for?
At this point, I’m really just kind of on alert. I am just looking forward to getting started as soon as possible, and I have my own personal ideas about what’s going to happen. The good news is I don’t have to pretend that there isn’t an effect, but as a woman in science, I do have some perspective on what can happen, and I know we can do it. My ability to provide resources and other leadership skills to those in need will matter, even if the consequences of student evaluation are not immediately clear. I will be super excited to get the chance to impact our school, and I’m excited to see what the education system offers us going forward.
This post is part of a month-long series for women in science to share leadership ideas and resources that can help them make the world a better place. In March and April, Dear Science contributors shared their leadership lessons, the importance of mentorship, and details on how they want to make their job more inclusive.