All children need teachers who care about them
Marian Wright Edelman | 9/9/2013, 9:39 a.m.
Vinson is now an Ella Baker Trainer in the Freedom Schools program teaching others how to inspire a love for learning in children, and he wants to see a new kind of teacher training become a priority throughout the educational system.
“We need to put more emphasis on helping teachers become better educators – not just teaching a curriculum, but actually educating a child and showing them ways to critically think not only about their curriculum, but about their community and being change agents through academia. We need more trainings for teachers to understand how to analyze curriculum and instruct it and facilitate it in a way where it’s actually connecting to their students. And that’s what is lacking so much in our school system today, the fact that students are not connecting to what they see …
“Students are getting punished based on a teacher who either doesn’t care about them or just doesn’t know what they’re doing. And a lot of these teachers have great degrees – and I think it’s great if you go to an Ivy League [university] and you get a degree in education, but … Your credentials cannot educate a child. It’s your heart and your love for that child to get an education. And once we realize that teachers are the main vehicles to help children as a whole, that’s when we’re going to honestly see a change, when we have equitable funding for all teachers and all school systems, because all children deserve a valuable education, and all children deserve teachers who care about them.”
Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to http://www.childrensdefense.org.