I had the privilege of being part of an Interview Team and that question was posed to the candidates.
I would have loved to engage in a conversation with the candidates regarding their choices, but being an interview and all, there was no time for that. (Perhaps we need to change the way we go about interviewing. I am thinking it should be more conversational, instead of buzz words and sound bites).
This question has stuck with me and I would be interested in your perspective and feedback. I wish I could have had a meaningful conversation with the candidates and then asked them to express their ideas on how to promote positive change to these issues.
Here are my top three--
Social Connectedness. I think there is a lack of it for some of our young people. Inherently we have a need for a sense of belonging and, yet, that is something that is missing from so many lives. How many students do not feel a connection with their teacher? How many families have a sit-down meal together? How many kids do not know how to engage in play? How many are being intentionally/unintentionally excluded socially? In general, is there a genuine connection being made that is lasting and meaningful?
Thinking. By that, I mean knowing what to do when you do not know what to do. I am a big believer that we all need Alone Time/Quiet Time. I have found that time without constraints can provide ample space for reflection, helps you regulate your behavior, and reaps the benefit of problem solving and figuring out what to do when you do not know what to do.
I imagine your top three issues will vary depending on your student demographics and school culture/climate. That's why I want to hear from you. Please leave a Comment. Or write your own post about it, but be sure to leave a link here in the comment section.
Come to think of it, maybe I'll ask students what their Top Three Issues are which impact them...