I had to heed Scott McLeod's call to name the education lies we have yet to overcome.
5 Things We Need to Stop Pretending:
- That the curriculum we have identified is the right one. There's so much more to learn than what we currently value in school.
- That kids won't work if they don't receive grades. Feedback doesn't have to be in the form of a score.
- That field trips and other learning out of the classroom are a "loss of class time." Aren't they learning from the real world?
- That kids can't, don't, won't...direct their own learning. They might, if we let them.
- That this divide is untouchable: elementary teachers teach kids and secondary teachers teach content. This statement is only as true as we allow it to be. If secondary teachers taught more like elementary teachers, we might have more joyful, curious, independent students.