82% of teachers believe they are not respected and 85% think that parents contribute to this. But what do parents think? They agree? 74% confirm the opinion of the teachers, consider that they contribute to this happening. These are data from an investigation that we carried out a few months ago and in which we asked more than 2000 people.
Let’s face it, on many occasions it seems that mothers, fathers and teachers play in opposing teams, that we have to put the ball into different goals. Something absurd, it is obvious that we play in the same team, with a common goal: the development and well-being of children.
The pedagogue Mar Romera says in her book ‘The school that I want’ that “the success of the educational system will not be brought about by resources or technologies. The triumph will only come to the school if it comes from the hand of the people who participate in it ”. Our children’s school is not going to be changed by a minister of education, or by a law. On the other hand, a director can change it, spreading it to the rest of the educational community. Or some fighting teachers, lovers of their profession who give the best of themselves every day to their twenty or twenty-five students. A school can also be changed or improved by parents determined to make their school the best school in the world. The school is changed by a real educational team. The keys to forming this educational team were given to us by the different experts who participated in the program:
“Any relationship needs a great deal of trust. Our most primitive brain is distrustful, and when we leave our children with someone we do not know, in this case the teachers, distrust is activated, but based on relating them to them, we can begin to trust. Willingness and time are the fundamental ingredients for weaving the thread of trust with teachers. We have to be predisposed to trust and, above all, show our children that we trust the teachers. If our children perceive this mistrust, they will not understand why we leave them at school for 8 hours with people we do not trust ”, Anna Ramis (teacher, pedagogue and writer).
Trust is the fundamental ingredient in any relationship, also the one between families and school
Make the teaching profession attractive to the most talented people
“Improving the quality, the efficiency of education depends, to a great extent, on the most competent people wanting to be teachers. To do this, you have to make the profession more attractive, not only from an economic point of view, but from the point of view of prestige. This value is given by society. Only in this way will we get the best people to become teachers ”, Andreas Schliecher (Director of education of the OECD. Director of the PISA Report).
“We are used to using phone calls or emails with parents to deliver bad news about their children. A positive phone call home can be a very effective way to build a good relationship with parents ”, Elena Aguilar (teacher).
Families in the classroom
“Education must be three-dimensional. In other words, it must involve students, teachers and families. Families must be brought into the classroom. In this way, we hold hands. When families and school go hand in hand, student success skyrockets ”, Francesc Nogales (2nd best teacher in Spain, Educa Abanca awards).
Exchange of information
“Parents and teachers do not always have the same point of view, but we do have the same goal: the development and well-being of children. That is why calm communication, the exchange of information is so important. There are many things that teachers detect in the classroom that we can tell parents and vice versa, information that parents can give us that can help us understand certain things about our students. Let’s talk, it’s fundamental ”, Carmen Guaita (teacher and writer).
Let’s trust new ways of teaching
“I started using magic in my classes when I detected a problem: the lack of motivation of the students. And it worked. Thanks to magic, I made my students feel more motivated, develop their creativity, stimulate their learning, develop their fine motor skills … Sometimes this resource is surprising, but it has been proven that it works, and that is the important thing ”, Xuxo Ruiz (Magician and teacher, awarded in 2019 with the Global Teacher Award).
You can see all the programs of Education Matters in www.laeducacionimporta.com
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.