Education around the world

Education is a very personal issue. The recipients could experience the repercussions of a solid or a poor education for the duration of their lives. Those who are professional educators experience it in a way that is often different from business professionals, because they carry the experiences and successes and defeats of the children they serve with them as they move forward in their careers. One educator I worked with from 1999-2002 recently told me that she still wonders if we did the right thing for a student in a particularly difficult situation. These are the trials and tribulations of the professional educator: Your decisions in the moment could have impact over the long haul.

The personal nature of it makes education an easy target to create an audience. It is an easy news item, and a simple way to roil people into thinking their community is in dire jeopardy because we are “not keeping up with our global competitors.” This is a false statement on its face, but it is fairly simple to use some juggling of numbers to make the statement appear to be true. (I intend to address this in upcoming articles.)

So, more than anything today, here and now, if you are an educator, a parent with a child who benefits from education, a teacher who hears all the rhetoric and wonders where the support is, a community member who wants great education for children but hears all the blather, an administrator who knows we have a great thing going here but becomes so disheartened hearing the media talking points, take heart. Our children are learning more than they ever have before. There is more content packed into the K-8 curriculum in most instances than there was at some high schools 50 years ago. There are more 8th graders taking Algebra 1 or higher than at any other time in the nation’s history. There are more and more early college programs available in school districts each year, affording students the opportunity to advance their learning AND earn college credit, often for free!

If you teach, if you work in a school, if you care about and participate in your child’s education, you are making a difference and an opportunity. There will be students and families who do not take advantage of the opportunity made available. There are only so many tweaks and changes you can make to that. Keep teaching, keep learning, and keep making us all better with your time, your energy and your knowledge.


Eric Chancy

Eric Chancy was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and earned his master’s degree in K-12 School Counseling in 1996. Eric subsequently worked with the Hampton School District and the Pittsburgh Public School District, then moved to North Carolina in 1999. Eric worked as a high school counselor until 2013, and currently works as a Senior Administrator with the Office of Student Assignment, overseeing the transfer of students to and from 39 schools within the Wake County Public School System. Eric has also authored “The Mechanics of School Counseling Workbook”, a guide to help counselors acclimate to new counseling positions, and speaks with school and community groups about the proliferation of and cautions necessary when engaging in social media. Eric continues to learn about and share information on how technology is affecting our culture, and in turn how that technology is affecting relationships with students.


About Eric Chancy

Eric Chancy was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and earned his master’s degree in K-12 School Counseling in 1996. Eric subsequently worked with the Hampton School District and the Pittsburgh Public School District, then moved to North Carolina in 1999. Eric worked as a high school counselor until 2013, and currently works as a Senior Administrator with the Office of Student Assignment, overseeing the transfer of students to and from 39 schools within the Wake County Public School System. Eric has also authored “The Mechanics of School Counseling Workbook”, a guide to help counselors acclimate to new counseling positions, and speaks with school and community groups about the proliferation of and cautions necessary when engaging in social media. Eric continues to learn about and share information on how technology is affecting our culture, and in turn how that technology is affecting relationships with students.

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