Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Twitter Book Club: Ronald A. Wolk (2011) Wasting Minds - Part 2

Part 2
A Second, Parallel Strategy

Chapter 11
One Student at a Time


"schools must be relatively small because students and teachers must know each other well if education is to be personalized." Wolk 9 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"standardization is the antithesis of personalization" Wolk 9 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Schools are required by law to provide all special-needs students with individual learning plans because they are ... http://t.co/SbGau8i0 9 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



@anderscj They do deserve it. But what happens when the resources (man power) are unavailable. Whoops. McKneely :P 9 days ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto



@MsBisOnline that is why we need school redesign and not school reform 9 days ago via Twitterrific · powered by @socialditto



"Personalized education is practiced successfully in innovative small schools that are devoted to teaching students... http://t.co/D7mFuc3N 9 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Much of the emphasis of the current reform movement is on better teaching, better instruction. But we know that no... http://t.co/Beapsk0i 9 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Because students learn best when they are interested in the material, schools should focus on their strongest inte... http://t.co/vDIGrr6q 9 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"If the student needs to learn something to complete a project she is deeply interested in, she will learn it becau... http://t.co/PUWBb3Id 9 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"more often than not, school sends a different message to students: What we want to teach is more important than wh... http://t.co/gyJH1Bqz 9 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



Chapter 12
Many Pathways to Success

"There is something terribly wrong with an educational system from which so many participants drop out or earn a di... http://t.co/NH9tWPn4 7 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



@anderscj welcome back 7 days ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto



@pammoran I only took one night off from this. But thanks anyway. 7 days ago via Twitterrific · powered by @socialditto



"As John Gardner once stated, when a society does not value both its philosophers and its plumbers, neither its the... http://t.co/iTRrZj7b 7 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Schools should recognize the success and value of home schooling and provide students an opportunity to design the... http://t.co/KImg20H1 7 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Unlike tracking, pathways give students a say in their own education and a chance to discover and pursue their passions." Wolk 7 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



Chapter 13
Life to Text

"Arguably, the best model of education in history was the apprenticeship, where the novice learned from the master.... http://t.co/rmHGYLRL 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"In general, however, we tend to learn best when we have a practical reason to." Wolk 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Real-life learning doesn't always have to happen outside of school; good teachers can bring it into the classroom." Wolk 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"How is it that despite positive research findings and the testimony of teachers and students, real-world learning ... http://t.co/bIzbSArd 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



Chapter 14
It's the Work That Counts

"The question is whether authentic, performance-based assessments are compatible with common standards and a common curriculum." Wolk 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"As adults, we are almost never evaluated mainly on the basis of test scores. Our performance is assessed on severa... http://t.co/D7kzs98w 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"I have always been mystified that parents would rather have their child's performance expressed in an A or a C tha... http://t.co/kqPUiu1o 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"We have an assessment system that can be used to compare and hold schools and students accountable, but it is a lo... http://t.co/3iHbJEqw 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



Chapter 15
Start Them Early

"Nationally, 66 percent of 4-year-olds and more than 40 percent of 3-year-olds were enrolled in a preschool educati... http://t.co/BM67Y60g 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Research shows that an average child from a lower-socioeconomic-status home starts kindergarten with an average vo... http://t.co/4GHR9lFN 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"What is so often forgotten in conventional schools (if it was ever believed) is that learning should be fun and no... http://t.co/a6uCnnvg 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Students should learn to read by reading literature and stories about history, geography, and science [not Basal r... http://t.co/kmedDDOT 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Simply requiring students to spend more time in our existing education system will not improve their achievement, ... http://t.co/eEJ8eLdz 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



Chapter 16
A New Role for Teachers

"High-quality teachers, whatever their specialty, have to be continuous learners, just as they expect their students to be." Wolk 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"It does not denigrate the importance of knowledge to say that education works best when teachers and students lear... http://t.co/6iXz3m4u 6 days ago via via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"by taking responsibility for individual students in close relationships, advisors inevitably become involved in th... http://t.co/ZshndohV 6 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto




Chapter 17
A Matter of Choice

"For a national voucher program to be justifiable, the demand would presumably exceed supply, and the result would likely be chaotic." Wolk 5 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"As any enterprise without a captive market, schools soon get the message that they can only prevent the loss of st... http://t.co/sYreGqfl 5 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"A charter school that is simply a conventional school with a different form of governance undermines the purpose of chartering." Wolk 5 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"It is illogical to pass chartering laws and then adopt policies that stifle them." Wolk 5 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Critics of charter schools say they should be held accountable the way conventional schools are. In fact, they are... http://t.co/4JOBT5nD 5 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"The question that should be asked is why a disproportionate number of minority and poor students are choosing to a... http://t.co/CbQ0PTmo 5 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Affluent families already have a choice. The 'tuition' they pay to attend suburban schools is the price of a house in that district." Wolk 5 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



@anderscj Wolk looks to have some fascinating ideas, Is the book at the Rochester public library? 5 days ago via web · powered by @socialditto



@mnphysicist It's a great book. Real new too and lots of references to MN schools. Doubt the Rochester Public Library has it yet though. 5 days ago via Twitterrific · powered by @socialditto



@anderscj The chapter on charter schools seems to really aligned with today, scarily so. I'll have to see if MNLInk has it 5 days ago via web · powered by @socialditto



@DianeRavitch Have you read Ronald Wolk's Wasting Minds? Wondering what your thoughts are on it. He calls you to the floor on charters. 5 days ago via Twitterrific · powered by @socialditto



@anderscj We disagree. 5 days ago via Mobile Web · powered by @socialditto



Chapter 18
Schools for Digital Natives

"more often than not, virtual schools and cyber schools are essentially traditional schools on the Internet." Wolk 4 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Cyber schools are poking at the traditional structure and culture of the conventional school, but even they do not... http://t.co/EV4kj5Ki 4 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"If schools cannot change fast enough to keep pace with the advances in learning technologies, learning will leave schooling behind." Wolk 4 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Jamming new technology into a curriculum and pedagogy that are essentially obsolete and ineffective with most of t... http://t.co/feNtZhpC 4 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"I submit that new technology is being used more effectively in new schools that commit to personalized education a... http://t.co/uHzLpQU6 4 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"Clearly, the new technology will be accepted and used in schools only to the extent that teachers understand it, k... http://t.co/iKNQY05j 4 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"The potential benefits of technology in helping students learn are so obvious that one might assume it would be we... http://t.co/e7gj5Wv6 4 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto




Conclusion
Can We Get There from Here?

"Except for organized religion, no social institution has changed less in the past century than public education." Wolk 4 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto



"We need to adopt a parallel strategy of creating new schools of human scale that are innovative and very different... http://t.co/WUfbFvZe 4 days ago via Twittelator · powered by @socialditto

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