A blog about Learning, about Education, about transformation, about change, about youth voice, about democratic human centered education. I am trying to ask the question "Why we educate" and what my answer means to me as a teacher and how my role shapes society and the whole.
I strive for a public system of education that welcomes everyone and helps to create learning communities that support both personal and communal growth through access to life long learning opportunities be them through schools, homes, community centers, libraries, parks, or any place that people young and old can gather to share in the co-creation of learning. I believe that for a healthy democracy and community that the system should be publically funded…. and reject the ideas that we can standardized learning or teaching. We should look to support the wellbeing of all humans not just those who can afford it!
What do you strive for?….. #I Strive, #I envision #I am creating…
I highly recommend this piece by Alfie Kohn… I think this is very important in moving the education transformation discussion forward… here is my response this comment by raechel
Baloney. Here are a few reasons why:n. But reward? How exactly do you think a teacher should manage a group of 25 or 30 children? Charisma? Prayer?
Use of reward and punishment to control behavior is suspect? I agree with you on punishment — most research shows that what you get with punishment is short-term compliance with lots of long-term dysfunctio
And let’s talk about the objectives of education, what constitutes teacher effectiveness. Professional educators can tell us that if you do y, x will happen. It isn’t up to them to decide whether x is the “right” thing. They can have opinions, as do we all, but it is the people who pay these public servants that decide what constitutes effectiveness.
OK, you think the purpose of public education should be to foster “critical thinking” and “ethical decision making.” I say that’s not something I would trust most teachers to do; it’s my job as a parent. Bottom line, and I know this will tick you off: you don’t get to decide.
Finally, about dependent variables: competent researchers consider carefully what they should measure — their DVs — based on exactly what they are, for purposes of the study, considering to be the aims of education. It’s part of the investigative, scholarly process. Know the DVs and like it or not, you know what people value and what they expect from educators.
Recently much has came out that shows how little rewards do to create long term habits or even basic results. See TedX of Dan Pink and Seth Godin.
Why shouldn’t teachers have a role in shaping their profession or helping lead the conversation of what it means to educate? It should be a partnership between parents, educators, STUDENTS, and the community...
Teachers are both public servants and the public, they pay taxes, are part of the community and have children in the same system in which they teach.
Often the rich and text book/test publishers decide, they profit in not only defining what it means to be “smart” but they also profit in a failing system.
How is it a parents job alone to teach critical teaching and ethical decision making… one might argue that morals and values should be left to parents…though I disagree... however ethics and critical thinking are just as important if not more (if you look at our current state of affairs) than math or science facts.
What Kohn is asking us to question what we really mean by what works, because if we allow it to be a mystery, we allow others to define it and change it when ever it suits their agenda.
We need to be better critical thinkers and questioners when discussing education and how to help children learn, be successful and create a world in which they would want to live and learn.
I think this is the better part of this post…. I think this post is right on. Though I wished he used different metaphors than kicking up his feet and resigning teaching. Going from direct instruction to guided self direction and Project based learning not just projects is not easier, or hands off teaching. It requires a lot of work on the teachers part. Maybe his definition of teaching he has resigned but from his description it seems he is just becoming a better teacher not resigning.
Maybe it would of better to say he is evolving as a teacher. one can teach just by telling and at a basic level learning can be listening…but is it really as meaningful and deep…no… and that is what he found out. But where did he first get the idea that teaching should be just direct instruction… where do our ideas of teaching come from… ?
Watch 3 or 4 years playing school, the teacher is always yelling and punishing someone, all the other kids must sit in “desks” and raise theirs hands….somehow we are passing down our “ideas” of teaching to each generation….
This is kind of the idea of unschooling….removing the defined ideas of schools and learning and teaching and move to transform them to mean something completely different