The personal learning network for educators
I will preface this post by saying I am only 15 pages into the book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, by Diane Ravitch. Despite not being too far along in this book, I feel empowered to share my experiences thus far.
As humans, we are wired to adapt and change. Throughout the existence of mankind we have evolved and
transformed our way of life, and because of our ability to adapt and evolve we have not just survived, but we have thrived. As with many strengths, there is also a downside. Specifically with education, we are constantly looking to change and transform the educational process for the better. Because of human nature we tend to jump on board with any idea or proposal that claims to solve all of our educational problems. Human nature is jumping on the train before asking if it is the right train, or checking to see where the train is going.
quality over quantity approach when addressing educational issues and ways to improve. We should use caution and ask as many questions as possible before using classrooms and students as guinea pigs. We should take risks, but take calculated risks that have really weighed the potential benefits and costs of such measures. I am 100% for innovation, creativity, transformation, and any other type of progressive change that can improve our education system. If we have analyzed all the available data and information while considering and including all stakeholders, we will be doing what is in the best interests of the students.
"If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone"