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Revisiting Reframe Episode 4: When Healers and Educators Unite: The Political Prescription for Change

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Revisiting Reframe Episode 4: When Healers and Educators Unite: The Political Prescription for Change

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Are Teachers and Physicians Walking the Same Path?

In this episode of Reframe, the podcast from the College of Education, Health, and Society at Miami University, we present an eye-opening discussion that draws striking parallels between the worlds of education and healthcare. In a time when both sectors are facing intense political reforms, this episode is a must-listen for anyone involved in or concerned about the future of these professions.

Miami University assistant professor of educational leadership Andrew Saultz and professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, John Saultz, M.D. highlight the increasing legislative pressure on teachers and physicians. The push toward data-driven performance management metrics and outcome-based measurements is not only reshaping the landscape of education but is also starting to penetrate the healthcare industry.

For years, educators have been grappling with political scrutiny and regulatory reforms. Now, physicians are beginning to feel the weight of quality control standards that seek to quantify and measure performance. This shift towards a more data-centric approach in healthcare might sound beneficial, but as the both argue, the data used to enforce these measures is often neither accurate nor actionable.

What does this mean for teachers and physicians? According to the episode, it is a call to action — a chance to gain a stronger political voice and form interdisciplinary coalitions to advocate for more meaningful and supportive policies. The episode paints a vivid picture of the unintended consequences of these reforms, such as damage to teacher morale and the potential depersonalization of healthcare.

Andrew Saultz emphasizes the importance of teacher involvement in policy-making, a
sentiment that could equally apply to physicians. He suggests that by joining forces, teachers and physicians could create a louder voice against the misuse of data and for the betterment of their respective fields.

This episode sheds light on the challenges these professions face and offers a beacon of hope. By understanding the parallels between their situations, teachers and physicians can learn from each other and work together to influence the political process.