From the new study Winning the Epistemological Struggle: Constructing a Cultural Model of Shared Authority in an Elementary Classroom, as reported in the Teachers College Record of Columbia University's Teachers College:
That's right, teachers share classroom authority with their students in order to learn from their students.
Conclusions: Overall, the findings serve as an example of how shared authority contributes to alternative ways of viewing knowledge and whose knowledge counts, and what it means to be a learner. Most important, this study demonstrates that when shared authority is a consistent classroom practice, what emerges over time is a cultural model within which students can begin to restructure their developing epistemological frames as they revise their notions of knowledge and ways of knowing. (emphasis added)
-- by Teresa Crawford — 2008
Whose knowledge counts?!? What it means to be a learner?!? These folks are whacko!
Ask interim superintendent Hooie about this nonsense. I bet she thinks its great stuff. And we pay her over $200,000 per year. They are all bonkers!