Abigail is given plenty of worksheets to complete in class as well as a substantial amount of homework. She studies to get good grades, and her school is proud of its high standardized test scores. Outstanding students are publicly recognized by the use of honor rolls, awards assemblies, and bumper stickers. Abigail's teacher, a charismatic lecturer, is clearly in control of the class: students raise their hands and wait patiently to be recognized. The teacher prepares detailed lesson plans well ahead of time, uses the latest textbooks, and gives regular quizzes to make sure kids stay on track.
What's wrong with this picture? Just about everything.And he's not kidding!
If you really want to rethink school... if you can remember it not being all that peachy... if you want school to be better for your kids than it was for you, then you owe it to yourself and your children to stop simply reconciling yourself to the way school is now and has almost always been. Grades, tests, homework, worksheets, detention, rows of desks and lectures are not like the weather! They are not these things we have to simply resign ourselves to. These things are ideas and techniques that can and must be challenged.
If you are as revved up as me about all this, then you might want to familiarize yourself with some of the following progressive educators: