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Dennis Hitzeman

manager, Innisfree Farm

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What if we refocus education on helping students learn what they can do with what they have learned?

Inspired by this weblog post: http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/2012/01/what-if-schools-created-a-culture-of-do-instead-of-a-culture-of-know.html

What say you?


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    Feb 4 2012: The problem does not lie with schools or teachers.

    The problem is with the bureaucrats (politicians) that insist on having empirical evidence to show added value. This archaic way of measuring anything then dictates everything that is taught (why teach something that cannot be 'measured').

    Ken Robinson and the like have some charismatic (and correct) words to say on the matter but they are targeting the wrong people. Instead of trying to inspire educators, they should be putting pressure on the policy makers and the people in grey that keep screwing up education for the sake of making their own pointless jobs easier.

    Once they are set adrift, then we'll see real change for the better in the classroom.
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      Feb 4 2012: I agree that we all need to target policy makers as part of this effort at transformation. We also need to target communities, families, and parents that continue to tolerate a failed system that consumes as many as 15 years of their childrens' lives.

      But we do need to target the educators too. If there is any group involved in education that has the capacity to agitate for immediate, meaningful change, it is the organizations that represent teachers in the United States. I live in Ohio and saw first hand what they are capable of doing when they worked for the repeal of SB 5. If they would target that kind of effort on improving their own circumstances and the circumstances of the educations they have been entrusted with, the change would already be underway.

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