To see more posts by this author, click here. As reported by the New York Times this weekthis actually did happen. And this time, it was State that was being unnecessarily alarmist.
While many such statements are banal, some are worth noticing because in our school practices and policies we tend to ignore the implications that follow from them. Here are 10 examples. Much of the material students are required to memorize is soon forgotten The truth of this statement will be conceded either willingly or reluctantly by just about everyone who has spent time in school — in other words, all of us.
The more closely we inspect this model of teaching and testing, the more problematic it reveals itself to be. See item 2, below. Knowledge is less likely to be retained if it has been acquired so that one will perform well on a test, as opposed to learning in the context of pursuing projects and solving problems that are personally meaningful.
Even without these layers of deficiencies with the status quo, and even if we grant that remembering some things can be useful, the fundamental question echoes like a shout down an endless school corridor: Since this appears to be true for adults, too, why do most professional development events for teachers resemble the least impressive classrooms, with experts disgorging facts about how to educate?
In fact, the cognitive scientist Lauren Resnick goes even further: Yet schools continue to treat students as empty glasses into which information can be poured — and public officials continue to judge schools on the basis of how efficiently and determinedly they pour. One of many examples: But this should be obvious, if only because of what we know about ourselves.
So, too, for kids. Conversely, students are less likely to benefit from doing what they hate.
Psychology has come a long way from the days when theorists tried to reduce everything to simple stimulus-response pairings. What matters is how people experience what they do, what meaning they ascribe to it, what their attitudes and goals are.
The nearly universal negative reaction to compulsion, like the positive response to choice, is a function of our psychological makeup. Now combine this point with the preceding one: Yet such learning environments continue to be vastly outnumbered by those where kids spend most of their time just following directions.
Many educators have argued that the tests being used in our schools are unsatisfactory for several reasons. First, there are numerous limitations with specific tests. The third reason is the problems inherent to all tests that are standardized and created by people far away from the classroom — as opposed to assessing the actual learning taking place there on an on-going basis.
Here, I want only to make the simpler — and, once again, I think, indisputable — point that anyone who regards high or rising test scores as good news has an obligation to show that the tests themselves are good.
It may even prove to be destructive when assessed by better criteria. Here, too, there are loads of supporting data.Sep 21, · My kids (15, 12, 10 and 10) have an enviable amount of time to read, and plenty of books to choose from.
Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School? Posted by timothy on Saturday April 10, @PM from the hey-kid-look-at-this-shiny-future dept.
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I know, I know, I know. This is a really tough subject to talk about.
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This was a huge change from how my parents raised me.