This is my summary of 90% of the conversations I have with my best kids this time of year. I even managed to cut enough wit and charm to keep it to a reasonable word count.
Few of us, teachers or no, like change or higher demands on our time and energy – especially when they come from people who have no idea what we do or what they’re talking about. I’d like to respectfully suggest, however, that we make note of some of the assumptions behind most education reform talk. If the assumptions are accurate, then we can debate the best course forward.
If, however, the majority of ‘reform’ rhetoric is based on mistaken assumptions or intentionally propagated inaccuracies, then those assumptions and assertions must first be corrected. Otherwise, anything built upon them is destined to fail – and perhaps do great harm along the way.
In the wide realm of things everyone else seems to have heard of except me, a colleague shared this video at a recent PLC: