By Emma Preston, SED 2016
In the School of Education course “The Civic Context of Education,” last year, one of my classmates brought up an important, yet disturbing point: we, as teachers, don’t often encourage our children to become teachers. When we give children examples of what they can do with what they are learning, becoming a teacher rarely makes the cut. For example, when we offer a list of professions that require knowledge of math, we might offer professions ranging from engineer to accountant, but not math teacher.
As a class full of future educators we were miffed by this realization. Teachers are important, influential individuals, so why then is this profession not encouraged? A few brave SED juniors, Griffin Monahan ‘16 and Will English ’16, decided to bring this issue, along with many others, to light by establishing a new club at BU. Aimed at discussing current issues in the educational system that often go unaddressed, Educators Rising is a welcome addition to the clubs recognized by BU in the spring of 2015.
I had the opportunity to ask Griffin a few questions about Educators Rising and it’s goals, and I would like to share his answers with the SED community.
W What are the main goals of the club?
“Educators Rising’s goal is to serve as a group that can meet and discuss issues in education that often go unaddressed. Our main 3 issues being gender and diversity in the career of education, alternative careers in education, and professional benefits of educators. We will be working with students in the greater Boston area to build their interest in careers in education.”
What are the implications of such a club, in not only SED, or the BU community, but in the world?
“We hope for SED we provide a venue for students to gather and tackle difficult issues. For Boston we hope to inspire future educators. For the world we hope that our little impact can grow and strengthen the field of education by improving diversity in the field.”
How did you come up with the idea for Educators Rising
“Will and I came up with the idea because we felt that we were underrepresented in SED as males and felt that we needed, as a school, to be taking action in addressing the fact that the vast majority of students were women from suburban homes. We took it a step further when we realized the issue isn’t only gender but also diversity. We then pushed it idea even further when we thought of how SED only encourages one career in education that of a school teacher when there are many more.”
What are some specific issues that you will focus on in the coming year?
“We want to take issues that the club members feel should be addressed. So I do not have a concrete list yet, but I would not be surprised if topics like standardized testing, teacher evaluation, teacher salaries, alternative school models were covered.”
Is there any other important information about the club itself that you think people should know?
“We want everyone to know that we want to make a tangible impact on our community and to do so we encourage all to participate whether it be come to the occasional meeting or be fully committed to working with area high school students. We want to make this club not simply ‘my group’ or ‘her/his group’ but rather ‘our group’.”
Personally, I am incredibly excited for the arrival of Educators Rising . I have realized that it is my responsibility as a future teacher to stress the importance of teachers and administrators, and I can’t wait to be a part of the change. It all starts with us, and thanks to Will and Griffin, the School of Education is providing me with a venue to do just that. I hope my peers in SED consider being a part of the change as well.
Emma Preston is a rising senior in the School of Education with a degree in Deaf Studies