Tom Whitby is an educator I have followed for quite some time on Facebook, Twitter and his blog. I consider the man to be absolutely brilliant. His most recent blog post is shared below:
Earlier this week my friend Scott McLeod challenged educator/bloggers to post their five choices of things we have to stop pretending in education and hashtag it with #MakeSchoolDifferent.
We have to stop pretending…
- That teachers have a choice in using technology as a tool for teaching and learning.
- That the college education made unaffordable to a majority of U.S. citizens is the common standard of success in education.
- That content which is being taught is more important than teaching students how to curate, critically think, communicate, collaborate, and create as life long skills.
- That seat time in a classroom is a measurement of accomplishment (placing more significance on the ass over that of the brain).
- That once teachers are licensed and working, their relevance and mastery in the classroom is locked in without a need for further investment of money, time and support.
What do you think? What are the 5 things we need to stop pretending? When you write your post tag it with #MakeSchoolDifferent so everyone can reflect.
- Engagement equals activity.
- What is relevant to the teacher is automatically relevant to the student.
- The way we have always done things is still the best way to do them.
- Change is optional.
- More of the same will make a difference.