Traditional Education and Its Victims
"The result of grade-by-grade standards, with their willful disregard of individual differences, is that some child... http://tl.gd/7hnlsc
"it is the capacity to acquire and use information that matters more than the information itself." Alfie Kohn
"Everyone accepts that starting with the basics is just plain common sense...Everyone, that is, except those who ha... http://tl.gd/7ho2p3
"In academics, too, we learn most readily, most naturally, most effectively, when we start with the big picture—pre... http://tl.gd/7ho75n
"If I don't understand how to do something, making me do it repeatedly is just going to make me feel dumber or angrier." Alfie Kohn
These next few tweets were part of an exchange on Twitter that took place right before I sat back down to finish this chapter. But, coincidentally, I came upon the most perfect quote in the book to fit the topic of discussion. Would we call that a "Tweetable Moment?" :-)
@TeacherReality Accountability for teachers but not for Wall St. execs who destroy other people's lives. Madoff lives.
@anderscj Accountability for every little thing their little minds can think of....including the ills of poverty.
I just love this quote, lets repost it in it's entirety:
"Teaching sometimes resembles a caricature of American tourists in Europe: there are only x days to see y countries, so the rental car screeches to a stop in front of a famous ruin, the family jumps out and snaps pictures, and the children are herded back into the car....What drives such teaching is the imposition of long lists of standards along with demands that students and teachers be held accountable for covering all of them, however superficially." Alfie Kohn
@anderscj Yes, a drive-by education that is monitored & evaluated with drive-by evaluations by drive-by principals who get moved around alot
@alfiekohn would you categorize "the transmission of cultural heritage" as akin to "delivery of instruction" or "transfer of knowledge?"
"First of all, most of us have sat and listened to teachers lecture at us year after year, so we naturally think th... http://tl.gd/7ian03
"The idea of a teacher with a ready-made course just waiting to be taught makes about as much sense as a single per... http://tl.gd/7iao7i
"it's not accurate to complain that students forget what they learned. Why? Because they never really 'learned' it ... http://tl.gd/7iaq91
"Howard Gardner has a nice line: he says if we ask our kids what they did in school today and they reply 'Nothing,'... http://tl.gd/7iaupm
"It doesn't take a suspicious mind to conclude that relegating children to such a passive role—treating then as obj... http://tl.gd/7ib0q3
"No narrowing of the curriculum will prevent her from seeing a math problem through the filter of her interests and concerns." Alfie Kohn