I have been reading the suggested blogs. They are addictive — so many good ideas. I have found myself unable to get the thoughts out of my mind that are so clearly articulated in Kris Bradburn’s post How to Prevent Another Leonardo DaVinci. So much of standard education seems devoted to killing curiousity and the love of learning. Many times we seem more interested in ranking our students than educating them. Our academic head has asked us to think about how to reward effort as opposed to only recognizing and awarding intelligence. That challenge together with the ideas in Kris Bradburn’s post lead to so many conflicting thoughts.
- Our kids are sleepy. Take a look at the information from The National Sleep Foundation. Yet we need more time in the classroom.
- The value of homework is questionable. See Dan Myer’s Why I don’t assign homework. Yet we will assign homework or be accused of being anti-academic.
- Galileo turned our concepts of the universe around because he found a way to play with the idea of making pieces of shaped glass, putting them into a tube and attempting to see distant objects as though they were closer. Where does a student (or a teacher) get the time to do such an exploration?
- Some students find themselves labeled ‘stupid’ in our schools. Yet the truth is (see this entry).
I am only getting started. I have much more to read and consider. Right now it seems that the forces to remove the human factor from education are ascendant. When I hear a question like the one our academic head posed and see thoughts like the ones I have read today, it gives me some hope that we aren’t stuck in that mold.