ATTENTION: Paradigm Shift Needed…NOW!

When will we get to the point where we realize our responsibilities in ensuring that everyone has equal access to educational attainment? In a staff development committee meeting late last week, I sat alongside a group of individuals that represent the various units of our department. As a committee we come together to coordinate and implement staff development trainings, workshops, programs, events, etc. for our entire department (which is made up of over 3oo employees) one unit (facilities management) which is made up of both the physical plant and custodial unit recently took a survey where they were asked what type of trainings and workshops they would want and need. Their response was basic computer and Microsoft outlook trainings.

To make a long story short, everyone thought it was a good idea except for the one person who is in charge of the custodial staff. She was against the idea because she kept repeating that it was “not our job” to teach people who are “not allowed” to use the computer on the job how to use it……When asked what she meant, she went on and on and I went from being irritated to livid. I cannot believe that this attitude still exists. What makes it worse is that I work in education! So if we are not willing to do something to educate ourselves (meaning the employees), then what exactly are any of us doing at all? Development should not be limited to the specific job that one is in, it should be extended to developing and honing skills and knowledge that can also be utilized in the future. This should be the standard at ALL levels of our “organizational structure”. Overall our outlook on how we see people, how we can help them and what are responsibilities are in their development and education needs to change. It is definitely time for a paradigm shift……

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