Yousef Alqamoussi is the author of several collections of fiction, poetry, short stories, and essays, including "Renegade Rebel", "The Massacre of Heartbreak Morrow", "Chapter One: Costa Rica", and the “GenEd” series on education. He holds a Master of Education from Wayne State University and teaches Secondary English and History. He lives in Detroit.
Doctor. Lawyer. Pharmacist. Engineer. If all else fails, be a teacher.
"It is concerning—if not blatantly outrageous—that an entire community’s sense of accomplishment boils down to these narrow, shallow, and utterly invalid standards of success."
"We are not going to reform decades of educational malpractice by replacing chalkboards with smartboards, notebooks with chromebooks, instructional texts with instructional video...that is, gimmicks that continue to shove kids up the 'education' ladder.
The problem is the ladder itself."
So then, let us talk about this “new generation”. Pause for a moment. Sit back, close your eyes, and answer the following question: “Describe this ‘new generation’ in one or two words”. So what did you come up with? “Spoiled”? “Entitled?” “Disrespectful”? I posed this question to adults (ages 30-65). They replied: “Lost cause.” “Products.” ...