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Exactly what has been my mantra for the past year!
@dianeravitch how is your vision for school (from ch11) anything but a reversion back to what schools were like before the reform movement?
@anderscj No, absolutely not. Current "reform" movement demoralizes teachers, will close/privatize many public schools. Stop wrong-doing.
@DianeRavitch but isn't the current reform movement in response to a need for the system to change? Isn't the problem that we need to change
@anderscj Change in the wrong direction. Current "reforms" are failures. NCLB is a disaster. Charters set parents vs. parents. No results.
@DianeRavitch I agree. But what change do we need? Nat curr won't solve most of our probs, esp those of bias in schls toward 1 kind of lrner
@anderscj Highest performing nations improve education profession. They don't close schs, fire staff. They have protocol to help & support.
@anderscj High-stakes testing is at the root of many of our problems. Testing necessary, but shd be used for diagnostics, not reward, punish
@DianeRavitch btw, I loved your book. My ?s are serious ?s I am left with after reading it. I imagine they are the same ?s most ppl have.
@anderscj I have been a historian of American education for 40 years. I never tell anyone how to teach. I respect teachers' wisdom.
@DrLorMulick I agree, but so often that missing piece is the respect between teachers with different philosophies of teaching & learning.
@anderscj Natl curriculum in Finland consists of guidelines, not scripted lessons. Teachers have broad autonomy.
@DianeRavitch I am of the opinion that the only real reform is done 1 stdnt & 1 tcher @ a time. Its not scalable, has to spread like a virus
@anderscj I agree with you. That's why education is of necessity a slow, incremental process. No miracles.
@DianeRavitch on the other hand, policy can be changed to make "true reform" possible. Problem always comes to contradicting perspectives.
@DianeRavitch I think you might like this: http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2010/09/the-death-of-subjective-values.html
@anderscj @ I've met hundreds of teachers and had little encounter with this as an issue. Most are too tired at the end of the day to judge.
@DrLorMulick I've encountered it, many times. Usually it centers around students who are successful in one classroom but not another.
@DrLorMulick When I taught in alternative schools this was an issue we were constantly fighting.
@DrLorMulick while traditional teachers in our district blamed students for academic failure we found a different approach worked.
@DrLorMulick when we found different approaches that worked our teaching was called into question & routinely suspect.
@DrLorMulick what we were doing was viewed as showing trad teachers their weaknesses but what it really showed was a need for diversity
@DrLorMulick I often have had the same issue working as an art teacher in traditional schools.
@anderscj It's unfortunate that our profession thats ultimate goal is collaboration has fostered blame.