My week started with an event and bits of information that put me on a path of wonder, curiosity, questioning, and exploration.
First I spent part of my weekend getting trained in safety guidelines and becoming CPR certified (yeah…finally!!).
During this week, my attention was also drawn to the Common Core State Standards Initiative that now fills the airwaves.
On the surface, these two items may not seem to connect or correlate in any way. That is, however, until one contemplates and begins to explore each.
For the past 10 years, I’ve nudged myself to “enroll in safety training – maybe even get certified.” Despite being exposed to many aspects of life (quality early childhood education and academic training, professional experience, and real-world living), safety training – training that offers the potential to save another’s life – has never been incorporated, encouraged or required – within my grade school years, college academic experience or in business. Lately, especially in the area of the country where I live, Mother Nature has made it abundantly clear that natural disasters – floods, fires, avalanches – and other life threatening occurrences will continue to encroach upon and create challenges to our daily existence. The methods and techniques (core standards) we use to manage, handle, and cope with all aspects of life – natural disasters and life threatening events – will set the standard for and predict how we – each and every one of us – survive and live – together.
Shortly after making the personal decision to register for and take this safety training (and get certified), I paused to consider all I’d recently heard and read about the Common Core State Standards Initiative…and wondered if safety training – at minimum – would be included in and be an integral component of these Standards – especially given reoccurring statements throughout descriptions of the Standards’…
“The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to success in college, career, and life.”
“…clear goals, confident well-prepared students.”
“Better knowledge and tools.”
“Robust and relevant in the real world.”
As I continued to scour their website, I wondered how sponsors of this Initiative had intended to define “success” – especially in life. Was academic training – math, English, and science – the only elements begin considered? Also, I wondered how relevant “getting more and more competitive” is if the “socialization” aspects of students were not attended to? I wondered where safety training entered into this complex mix of statements. Would safety training (and certification) be included and incorporated as a “Standard”? If not, how and where would young people learn or acquire the type of training and skills essential to living and undergoing a “Quality” life? In College? On the Streets? In Business? In the U.S.A. – a culture known for its humanitarian nature and a desire to watch out for others – does safety training rest in the arms of those who choose to be individually responsible – and become aware of and self-initiate this type of vital safety education and training that has the care of others at its core? Or would each of us be better served if this type of training was included – at an early age – within a program similar to the Common Core Initiative – and continually offered refresher courses throughout their lives? Or do we – as a culture – not believe this type of training is important? If “…confident, well-prepared students” is the goal, then where would the process of learning life saving techniques fit in?
Maybe I’m missing something here…so, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts – maybe even enlighten me on the subject of safety training…
Until next time…
Crafted, researched and written by: |LIZ CARLOCK
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© 2014 EM Carlock