What knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values will today’s students need to thrive and shape their world? How can instructional systems develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values effectively? These two questions are the focus of “The Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030,” a position paper by the international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
A tweet from Jen Schwanke in Education Week Teacher that keeps popping up in my feed says: “The biggest challenge I face as a leader is carrying the burdens, worries, frustrations, and challenges of so many other people.”
I grew up in an idyllic small town in Minnesota as the youngest of four kids. I had more people to look up to than anyone could ever ask for, and my siblings and parents helped me understand my place in the world through the expectations they set for me. As an admittedly exasperating little sister, I was always a part of the action.
“This is the most sexist, racist place on the planet and I am underpaid, understaffed, overworked, and summarily ignored.” Where have you heard that before?
I was stunned. There she sat—an intelligent, energetic, Christcentered young faculty member—and her question to me, the (also female) assistant headmaster at her Christian school, was whether or not our leadership team values and supports women in leadership.
Currently, there is a scarcity of female leadership in Christian education. All leadership is costly—and tough, especially for women who believe God has called and gifted them to be leaders.