Thank you for all of your comments yesterday. Clearly much to discuss.
Let me straighten out a few general points:
- I do not place ANY “blame” on teachers (for the state of education in this country)
- I do not criticize without having solutions
This blog began nearly a year ago to do one thing: stir up interest in the need for FUNDAMENTAL change to our system of education and then to bring it about. I’ve written a great deal. Please review prior posts.. search for tags like “fundamental” “reform” “innovation” and “beyond SLATE.com” (I submitted an education reform proposal to SLATE.com back in November for a contest they ran and I can in 4th out of 500+ submissions. My “beyond” series here went beyond the word-limit of the proposal to provide some detail around what’s needed), and check out the links – there are some good resources there too.
The main point here is this: we need go back to the beginning with education. That means, start with the knowledge we have about developmental psychology, about neuroscience, about human motivation, about how people actually learn, about the role of interest in learning, about…. yeah, start with what we KNOW and design a school that is appropriate. The good news is that schools like this exist. I know them well. There is a better way and we don’t have to spend years figuring it out or millions of dollars on studies to define it.
I’m thinking of putting up a youtube piece on this, or maybe get an “RSA Animate” made.