EDITORIAL: Big changes for schools

Even if you don’t have kids in the education system, there is still this sense that summer fun is behind us

The new school year is officially underway. Even if you don’t have kids in the education system, there is still this sense that summer fun is behind us and now we must get down to business.

Roads are busier and so are everyone’s lives. Parents begin their everyday scramble of getting kids to and from school safely. For some young ones, this week marks their entry into the school system. For older ones, they are entering into middle or high school. Classrooms are clean and bright, with teachers and administrators rolling out the welcome mat.

While education is always evolving –  big changes are coming as to how teachers teach.

The stereotypical model of educators standing in front of the classroom lecturing while students follow along from textbooks is transforming.

Instead, classrooms will be interactive with teachers discovering individual student’s passions. Teachers will direct and fuel those interests on a new learning path.

It’s welcome change for students who don’t thrive in the traditional classroom setting.

If teachers can tap into what individual students get excited about, the potential to unlock their brains from boredom and turn that into drive and passion is exciting news.

The school district is already preparing for the changes and teachers are adapting their teaching style to this new way of reaching students.

There are no two students alike. Some children thrive on tests and report deadlines – others crash and burn. Change is hard for all, but this is a directive coming from the government that parents and students should support.

Individual learning has the potential to unlock bright minds which can make for a bright future. Our future leaders and innovators are in our schools.

– Langley Times

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