My Vision for Schools of the Future "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove or how large my bank account was; but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child."

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The success of our schools has always been and will continue to be the result of the commitment of caring people-parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Many of the problems we face in the schools today are not caused by the people in the system. Such problems are caused by the "school-system" itself. The current structure of the school system is adult-oriented, designed for the convenience of adults. The structure is not child-oriented.

My personal philosophy is that each child has his/her own unique potential, as well as his/her own preferred style in reaching it. Some children benefit if the amount of information on which they must concentrate is limited to small amounts or "chunks" or oral information with no visual distractions. Others learn more efficiently if they have visual references which can be easily accessed. Often the action of writing helps to "fix" information in one's memory. Still another approach which benefits some children involves large body movements, such as sky or desk-top tracing.

My vision for schools is that they be havens for learning, where learning happens constantly, regardless of the time or place. The curriculum frameworks provide the foundation for what students need to learn. We as professionals need the resources and academic freedom to build on that foundation and fulfill those needs.

In order to lay the groundwork for this "new" learning system, we will have to adopt a "new" set of basics-3 Rs: Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships.

With any of these strategies, of utmost importance is respect for the individual's dignity and self-worth. All individuals need to feel valued and encouraged. A teacher can have lasting positive effects on a child's life by building on his/her strengths to remediate the weaknesses and thus helping each child feel uniquely important and valued in some manner. Only in this way can we help children "be the best they can be" and reach their innate potential. Respect for a person's learning style will help remove a child's blocks to learning.

My vision for education is that schools take responsibility for identifying the most effective approach to educate all learners, so that these students will feel empowered to take responsibility for themselves, that is, take on an "I can do this" attitude. As students develop confidence in themselves, they will innately feel encouraged to form the relationships with others that are needed in this society.