Elephants in the Room

Please consider reading this thought provoking post.

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us

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4 Responses to Elephants in the Room

  1. Marcella Look says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Chip Schwehm says:

    This article really hits home with me. It points to the need for more experiential, “expeditionary” learning opportunities in our school. A real audience, relevance, authentic tasks, student decision making, team work….these are the things that make learning stick as the author suggests, and provide a blue print for future learning. Making and Marketing had these elements, and I would love to see teachers come forward with more courses that hit on these key ingredients. The possibilities are endless once we start thinking more broadly.

  3. Jane Stevens says:

    I hope there is the opportunity to engage in a discussion about the content of this post. Open minds and open hearts are needed in the world of education today.

  4. Karen says:

    So, when do we start? We’ve all read articles and books such as this over the years, so when are we going to do something about it? Manufacturing plants can close down for weeks to retool. Someone once compared changing education to building a plane while in flight! It’s not easy, but if you don’t have the courage to stand up to the status quo and say no, it’s not right for today’s student in today’s world, how is anything ever going to change? How many years have we been told that studies show high school students do better starting school later? Five years? Seven years? Seems like a simple enough fix, but have we acknowledged the data? Why not? Cost? Inconveniencing parents? Upsetting the sports schedule? Darkness at practice times? I’ve heard them all. Another elephant in the room. If it’s best for students, what are we waiting for? Biddeford, Dayton, Saco, and Thorton Academy are going for it next year. Only public schools in Maine to do so., I believe. It’s a huge task to change a culture, so maybe we should start small. K-2 one year, then 3-5 the next, 6-8 the following, finally 9-12. A gradual 4 year change of mind set and culture to improved learning and improved schools. Students would grow along with the change. Early release and in-service time totally dedicated to tackling the elephants in the CSD room? Let’s not just talk the talk. Let’s walk the walk.

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