We all own the problem: low morale in schools

I’ve been reading articles on teacher morale and if I internalize all the feedback, feelings, and opinions on this topic, it’s depressing. Teachers across many states have decided Common Core isn’t working. I didn’t know we were beyond the implementation of CommonCore? And how can national standards that meet the needs of our students be problematic? How can insuring our students are college and career ready following new technology-based standards be ineffective. I believe our issue, at heart, is a resistance to change. The bigger question becomes how do we instill a spirit of change and flexibility in an industry that is as old as our nation?
The new exams (PAARC or SBAC) are too hard, I read that last week? Really? If we express low expectations to our students, they will lower to the occasion.
Here’s my question to you–how can we change our schools if every change introduced is doomed for failure at the onset?
My approach to this question: I stay the course. Call me an optimist. Call me disconnected. I think change is good. It forces us to rethink our assumptions. It encourages us to take risks. We are allowed to fail a lot, we can call it “change”. Again, my question to you–
How can we change our schools if every change introduced is doomed for failure at the onset?

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