Academic journal article Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice

National Focus on Education

Academic journal article Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice

National Focus on Education

Article excerpt

For those of you who follow the national news, you can't help but recognize the significant attention given to the state of education in America. The national TV broadcast network NBC has initiated a series titled "Education Nation". Their state goal is to, "... help Americans make decisions about how best to improve our education system." On their dedicated website (http://www.educationnation.com) they state, "Education is key to the success of our country, and yet we have allowed our students to fall behind. It's time to put education back at the top of the national agenda. It's time to reinvent America as an Education Nation."

As I've watched their various news segments on the topic, I've noticed that despite the bottom line concern of measured academic excellence, they usually conclude that the teacher is the key to success in the classroom. Moreover, they frequently highlight an individual teacher, typically focusing on the positive attitude of that teacher extolling the affirmative impact their style of interaction has on students.

We as members of the IAIE have always been committed to the importance of education to the future of our country. Furthermore the Alliance has put forth a theory of practice that when consistently applied, increases the probability for success in the classroom, regardless of the educational level in which it occurs.

I believe our efforts should be placed on communicating and educating others as to the efficacy of Invitational Theory (IT). It's not enough to simply be inviting with self and others. …

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