Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Great college essay by a Montessori alum.
Not 3 R's anymore?
It used to be we only needed to remember 3 key words. Now life has gotten to be so complex we need to remember twice as many.
5C's + 1.
There's a revolutionary rallying cry!
Of course when it comes to education, we are fighting a huge entropy-maintaining flywheel. Despite a chorus of Voices for Change, there's a huge body of literature attempting to explain why it is so hard to reform schools.
And perhaps the most significant change in conventional schools has been the shift from the 3 R's to High Stakes Testing. Fear is a great motivator. But the lizard brain, center of our fear response, does not lead us to innovative solutions.
Private independent schools are immune from most of the High Stakes Testing requirements, but they are still "teach and test" environments; geared less toward Learning and more toward Knowing. And blind to the impact such a worldview has on the formation of character and personality.
That brings me to Pat Bassett, Executive Director of NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools. He is a student of education as well as a leader, and he speaks from the bully pulpit: 5C's + 1? What's not to like here?
Thursday, November 10, 2011
"The Socratic method is increasingly unpopular on college campuses 'because we are in a test-based education system.' Students are no longer used to such a process-oriented way of learning, and are 'increasingly impatient where the answer is not clear and when the professor is not giving it to them immediately.'"