First Impressions…

| February 28, 2012

Throughout the week, professional learning opportunities have been scheduled as well as interactions with secondary teachers interested in reforming the Moroccan education system. At first appearance, it seems that teachers are being invited to sit at the reform table and contribute their voice to reform efforts.

Teacher shortages, teacher preparation, curriculum and pedagogy are some of the issues Morocco is actively contending with as it attempts to improve its educational system and provide equitable access to a high quality education for all Moroccan children. Of course economic development serves as the impetus for these reform efforts, and have been widely supported by UNICEF and the World Bank.

As the week continues, it will be interesting to observe the reform process as well as the true role teachers play in ensuring equitable education opportunities are provided to urban and rural students in Morocco, and how gender inequality in education is addressed. I anticipate that as in the US, education reform on paper reaches toward an unattainable ideal and is rarely implemented in a way that is meaningful, far reaching (in positive ways) or sustainable. However, I remain open to the entirety of the experience, and look forward to gleaning ideas which may help reform efforts on the home front.

Stay tuned…