From Wade's blog:
Wendy and Scott:
VERY GOOD POINTS! Thanks for responding. I am a firm believer that today's teachers must be
facilitators of the classroom. We are all learning on a daily basis - in fact
Wendy, I agree with you in that at times I learn much more from students than I
do from adults.
The post is par for the course. It quotes the collectivists and Marxists over at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. But it's Wade's history lesson that's a real winner -- and proof that real knowledge is NOT the end product of public schools.
According to Wade, "[S]ociety's expectation of what public schools should provide have gone from preserving Democracy (1700's) to keeping America competitive in a global economy (today)." Does Wade not know that public education came to the US in the mid 1800's as a hat tip to socialist Prussia? Does he even care? Hmmm.
Hey, it sounds good. And we end up paying for the nonsense. Reminds me of the time the Olentangy High School principal gave a speech on Constitution Day. His speech so aroused the staff and administration that the superintendent sent a copy to the board. What did the principal say? Something along the lines of, "We should be proud that our Constitution gave us the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Sure sounds good ... but, hey, that's the Declaration not the Constitution. Amazing.
Perspectives / Learning: Whose Job Is It?
"In these days when making adequate yearly progress is a school's major goal, instilling ownership of learning can seem like a low priority. But making adequate yearly progress is no guarantee that students will be ready for college, citizenship, and employment, says Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap. And statistics show that students drop out more from boredom than from failure. Using external measures for accountability is nowhere near as powerful as imparting to 21st-century students that ancient staple of learning—ownership."
This is an excerpt from an interesting article in Educational Leadership regarding ownership for learning. Before reading the article, take the time to view this video clip from YouTube titled: "A Vision of Students Today." According to recent studies in neuroscience, the way we learn doesn't always match up with the way we are taught. Along with this, society's expectation of what public schools should provide have gone from preserving Democracy (1700's) to keeping America competitive in a global economy (today). This brings many questions to the forefront of the conversation but two questions stand out for now: What is YOUR expectation of public schools in today's world? and.. Who is responsible for the learning process??
Keep in mind that from Wade's perspective, education is not his job. And he receives almost $300K for this nonsense. Amazing.