SOCRATES GROANED & THE THUNDER ROLLED

“These are schools in which a majority of the teachers have doctorate degrees or previous careers related to subject areas of special interest that they so freely and passionately incorporated into individualized teaching approaches. These are schools in which students used to benefit from the creative and intellectual contributions that highly professional individual teachers made in a myriad of ways. Scarce resources (both time and money) are also squandered on teacher-stifling new technology such as so-called ‘curricular mapping’ software (Rubicon’s Atlas program, for example) in efforts to further regiment a formerly creative and free-flowing process. Teachers are being asked to make themselves interchangeable. That’s an awful idea for education for a large variety of reasons, but one of the sadder results of this assault on the profession has been the curtailment of teachers’ freedom to develop students’ abilities to think.”  —-Joel Westheimer

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3 responses to “SOCRATES GROANED & THE THUNDER ROLLED

  1. Ah, “crick-lum mappin”! I faint, I swoon, I remember those days vividly!
    Something tells me this ain’t your first educational-ese rodeo, Coach B. . . .

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  2. I had almost forgotten the joys of mapping. The educational equivalent of a root canal.

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