I would add that damage is being done in a variety of settings that teachers and children inhabit..not just the public school gulag.
read this. it needs to be read and thought about
Are You Complicit in “Soul Murder”?.
universe or salty primordial sea ?
Beware the Jargoneers… as per previous post…but here is a great chart from Mr Kohn on what to look for in a solid progressive classroom.
Further..these things should be present throughout the grades..not just in Early Childhood ( to eight years old) Classrooms.
And..if you ask about the 6-8 year olds working in reading or math workbooks and you are told it is fun for them.. they like it… and if it is added (particularly by an administrator) that teachers are confused or not practiced in how to teach the subject deeply (how to teach math) … so the workbook program (with the workbooks) is being used as an interim guide… this is not solid progressive pedagogy.
Experienced and qualified progressive leaders understand that respect for faculty (and students) begins with giving folks time, opportunity and space to collaborate, make a mess, stumble, make mistakes, learn and grow together.
Oh..if the teacher tells you that the children get to play with blocks only one or two hours a week because they are busy writing and/or going off to scheduled specialty classes, you are not in a solid progressive school.
Alfie Kohn talked about the dangers of jargon last night and why he attempts to avoid using it at all costs.
He was intense and sharply hilarious , jumping on and off the stage….engaging the audience in questions. I was smitten.
What do I think? Jargon gobbledygook is spoken by folks who have no deep understanding of children, teachers or theory–(but they passed the short answer tests)
Piaget has written that @ 80% of people have not had the benefit of growing past the stage of concrete operations.
(I have often thought that this could be the case… and how cool is that? ..to stumble on his notes and find our conclusions are pretty darn similar?)
That’s how the jargoneers confuse us. Cause we often give them the benefit of the doubt.
Stop doing that.
Disturbing is a mild term to describe what is happening to school… read this
Vermont: The Heavy Fist of the Federal Government Demands Testing!.
I am always suspicious, when I visit a school claiming to be “progressive” , if I do not see classroom pets, large garbage cans..paintbrushes in the sink, blocks and other materials put away the kid way, (a bit crooked)-and if it is easy to find the teacher looming about.. and if there is clean clean designer carpeting on the floors.if there is an immaculate and controlled garden ..and/or stacks of iPads or whatnot (“oh imagine if we had one for each child” silliness…)
Sugatra Mitra only needed one computer….one…. to demonstrate how groups of people can learn meaningful things from each other by sharing the use of technology………… His finding was NOT that people do not need guidance in terms of teacher/facilitators, btw…
In case you were thinking in those terms…
“Your Majesty, please… I don’t like to complain,
But down here below, we are feeling great pain.
I know, up on top you are seeing great sights,
But down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.
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It is tricky for educators and parents (adults) to find effective ways to facilitate compassionate, democratic school classroom communities. Facilitate means guide. Guide. Not dictate. Not exert “power over” but instead practice “power with”. And what’s the point? Why do…