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SpeEdChange: Returning School to Humanity
"we expect students to be "on time" not because it is educationally important [NBIIEI]...but because we are training workers to be on time. We create "standards" for each grade level NBIIEI...but because we are teaching single-tasking & work conformity. We test individually, blocking collaboration (which we call "cheating") NBIIEI...but because we are manufacturing workers for assembly line.

While people worry about testing averages, about whether schools should be run as public goods or for corporate profit, about number of school days, about what topics to emphasize, the real question, as the 21st Century rolls on, needs to be the very designed structure of our schools. They were created by a certain kind of society for a certain kind of economic reality. Whether that was ever good or bad is a question for another time, but for today I believe we need to begin to return our schools back to the "natural humanity" of the time before the assembly line began to rule our lives."
irasocol  schools  prussia  us  history  industrialization  education  learning  tcsnmy  change  reform  unschooling  deschooling  policy  progressive  individualized  standards  standardizedtesting  cheating  collaboration  factoryschools  factories  apprenticeships  mentoring  mentorship  hiddencurriculum  curriculum  rules  grades  grading  gradelevels  purpose  taskoriented 
june 2010 by robertogreco
SpeEdChange: Why "Standards-Based" and "Accountability" are dirty words [see also comment thread]
"every time we speak of "age appropriate goals," "grade level expectations," & "academic standards" we force students into 2-tier system...create disability & rob people of their human right to develop in way that serves them best... "evidence based practice" which is code for treating education the way a steel mill treats iron ore...real inclusion means abandoning our notions of "standards," "accountability," "evidence."...many of our basic conceptions of what schools look like...embracing the individual learner and not the group." ... ""that's not the "hidden curriculum" of schools, it is "the curriculum."...probably why America's most creative businesses are usually run by those who - at one point or another - found school either intolerable or irrelevant."
assessment  standards  access  individualized  education  policy  us  progressive  tcsnmy  learning  schools  schooling  diversity  accountability  irasocol  curriculum  change 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Tuttle SVC: Remember Those Color Coded SRA Cards? [see also comment by Stephen Downes]
"I grew up in a small town in Central Pennsyltucky with 20% unemployment in the 70's, and we had all sorts of individualized programmed instruction. We had boxes of SRA cards in elementary school, I remember some kind of Star Wars branded package that let you work up yourself up to Jedi Knight status (although we didn't stick with it that long... I guess it was the precursor to everyone's fantasies about WoW-themed learning environments), the advanced 11th grade chemistry class was built around self-paced units, and of course, we all had Little Professors and Datamen.

No doubt the new stuff is much smarter, but please, this is not something that nobody has looked at. Or did everyone else just get a much more retrograde education than me? Doesn't Joel Klein know Lauren Resnick?"
whatsoldisnew  whatsoldisnewagain  progressive  education  curriculum  learning  schools  technology  individualized  tcsnmy  joelklein  tomhoffman  stephendownes  itsnotexperimental  projectbasedlearning  unschooling  deschooling  recyclingideas  philosophy  teaching  pbl 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Child-Centered Learning: Are We Going Too Far? at The Core Knowledge Blog
"How can we ignore two of the deepest human needs of all: to understand the world around us and to communicate with others?...Without common knowledge and common vocabulary, we are stranded and can only send out help signals."
education  learning  brainresearch  childcenteredlearning  children  curriculum  schools  individualized  philosophy 
april 2008 by robertogreco

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