Dr. Bice challenged teachers in the audience to “rethink how school might look” as they prepare to educate a group of schoolchildren more familiar than some of them with even a standard Smartphone.
Bice said that is the job of those in Montgomery to create a positive environment, provide a budget to get the things teachers need to do their work, and then mostly get out of the way.
Bice pointed to Plan 2020—his department’s goal of reaching a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020—as one policy that didn’t need years of focus group study for everyone to realize it was a step in the right direction.
During a brief slide presentation, Bice gave examples of unique teaching styles already in place at schools around the state—from tilapia farms and community gardens that teachers in a variety of subjects integrate into their lessons, to after-hours schools established to reduce dropout rates.
Bice encouraged the educators in the audience to try something similar when classes in Cherokee County begin later this week.