We Have to Stop Pretending

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:

We Have To Stop Pretending… #MakeSchoolDifferent

by Tom Whitby @tomwhitby

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.

I encourage you to read Scott’s post along with the collection of statements others have made. These are my contributions:

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.

My 5:

  1. Engagement equals activity.
  2. What is relevant to the teacher is automatically relevant to the student.
  3. The way we have always done things is still the best way to do them.
  4. Change is optional.
  5. More of the same will make a difference.

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