1. Three Teachers
"A teacher with judgement, while keeping the end in view, varies the means." Sizer
"[There is] no Pill for Good Pedagogical Judgement that can be packaged and distributed by school authorities." Sizer
@anderscj damn. That would've solved a lot of problems
@dermotcasey no kidding. Unfortunately many in gov't still thinks such a pill exists.
@anderscj or that computers will do the job of the pill
"Learning is a complex, effortful, and often painful process. It can be exasperating too and also full of wonder of... http://tl.gd/brbid5
"The key worker in a school is the student. The only important product is his or her learning." Sizer
"Did you teach a good class today? is a miscast question, because it emphasizes the teacher. One rarely asks how yo... http://tl.gd/brblh7
"The trick of the teacher and student is to get sustained attention on those questions which are of greatest common importance." Sizer
"The agreement between teacher and students to exhibit a facade of orderly purposefulness is a Conspiracy for the L... http://tl.gd/bs02e7
@anderscj the essence of the "Compromise" ...
"Any person who sees, at least to some extent, why he or she is asked to do something is ahead of the individual wh... http://tl.gd/bs0b4q
"A school that relies on threat for its motivation eventually provokes unrelenting, hostile reactions by students." Sizer
"There is little joy in accurate regurgitation." Sizer
I love that statement!
"Public address systems are the most malevolent intruder into the thinking taking place in public school classrooms... http://tl.gd/bsmrag
"If success is part of motivation, ownership is its companion. People remember those things which they claim as the... http://tl.gd/bsnpqr
"Most middle- and upper-income Americans would be both shocked by and afraid of some of the places where the young ... http://tl.gd/bsp4n1
I had this experience recently visiting a school in north Minneapolis. It was the day after school was out so granted the building was somewhat more messy than it likely normally was. That said, I was shocked by a number of things. First, all flooring had been ripped up, you could see the glue in many places that held it down. It must have been left this way for quite a few years because of how it was worn according to how students would naturally have walked down those halls. Second, there were display cases outside of classrooms that obviously had not been updated in years as evidenced by layers of thick dust and the broken glass from fallen picture frames left untouched. Third, everything was battleship grey--everything. Fourth, walls and rails that had been painted displayed the kind of worn texture only something extremely well used receives, the kind of wear that allows you to see through the layers to the bone. To say this school was unattractive is an understatement. If anything the space resembled a prison. As I walked the halls of this middle school I kept thinking to myself, "Would such a place be tolerated in the wealthier suburbs?" Of course not.
"Virtually all learning comes down to incentives. I learn what I want to learn. I want to learn what I value or am ... http://tl.gd/bsqj0e
"Improving American secondary education absolutely depends on improving the conditions of work and the respect for ... http://tl.gd/btb6ld
"Teaching often lacks a sense of ownership, a sense among the teachers working together that the school is theirs, ... http://tl.gd/btbe24
Exactly why I support teacher professional partnerships.
"Hired hands own nothing, are told what to do, and have little stake in their enterprises. Teachers are often treat... http://tl.gd/btbesg
"Other professions reward exceptional competence by promotions. Virtually the only promotion for a teacher is to ge... http://tl.gd/btbj0q
"There is very lite quality control in higher education, and it is difficult for many college students to know just... http://tl.gd/btbmkn
"One is helped to be a good teacher much as one is helped to be a good writer, by coaching." Sizer
"One learns to teach by coaching; one needs to be teaching in order to be coached. The best coaches are usually fin... http://tl.gd/btbq47
"The system is organized with an eye on the incompetent rather than the competent. All are shackled, to 'protect' s... http://tl.gd/bu0j6a
"if we want excellent schools, we must give more power to the teachers and principals." Sizer
"students for their own good will need to be told less and asked to teach themselves more; much of current class ti... http://tl.gd/bu0p6g
"For good or ill, unions are the result of bad conditions, not the cause." Sizer