Scott McLeod’s morning post, We’ve Got to Quit Pretending on his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant, really got me going today. Like Scott, I often think that educators are pretending or at least, looking the other other way or giving the benefit of the doubt when they should be standing up for what’s right, pointing out what is wrong, closing inequality gaps, and just plain being their brothers’ keeper. I agree with his five points and offer an additional five below.
When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending…
- that asking kids to turn & talk creates a student-centered classroom
- that providing a variety of worksheets constitutes a differentiated classroom
- that waiting until after policy written to become aware of policy debate jeopardizes our position as experts over our own profession
- that learning is linear and students are letter-grades
- that there are many ways that schools fail students; those missed opportunities are more than a ripple in the universe
Scott turned this morning’s blog post into a challenge and he tagged five bloggers. I am going to take up the challenge and respond myself as well as tag five highly respected educators/writers/bloggers/tweeters: Grant Wiggins, Kylene Beeers, Jeff Zoul, Michael Smith, and Sunday Cummins.
Please join us. When it comes to education, what are 5 things that we have to stop pretending? Post on your blog, tag 5 others, and share using the #makeschooldifferent hashtag. Feel free to also put the URL of your post in the comments area so others can find it!