During the 12 to 16 years or more it takes our students to navigate our educational system – to become what we call ‘educated’ – lots of interesting things happen to them, and they obviously learn a lot. I wonder if all of what they learn is intentional.
For more thoughts here, visit Moving Through the System.
How ironic!! In a school system, the one person with the most influence and knowledge about what happens in the classroom and how/when to best effect genuine learning, is – tragically – often the person who has the least real power over important system-wide decisions!
For more thoughts here, see the blog The Chain of
Since the rapid expansion of our country during our frontier days, we have become, in terms of education, a strong ‘local control’ nation– and we are fiercely proud of it. No one knows better– so the argument goes – what is best for our kids than our local school boards. Like so many other things, this has its pros and cons.
For further thoughts here (and an opposite position from last month? 🙂 ), visit On the Other Hand . .
Over a century ago, industry learned the value of centralizing, specializing, and standardizing. Soon, education began to centralize, specialize, and standardize, as well. I’ve begun to call this getting hit between the IZE, and while some of this is good, to be sure, I’m not sure the results have been uniformly positive.
For more thoughts on this topic, see Hit Between the IZE.
My son Adam once made a comment to me that really got me thinking: He said something like “you know it’s funny that ‘education’ is the one thing that everyone seems to support . . . and yet no one can agree on how to define it.” Interesting insight!!
To see my thoughts on this topic, visit this link: What is a “Good Education”, Anyway?