Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Link: We Will Never Be Truly Standardized


"We have to teach specifically to our students. We cannot plow our way through scripted curriculum and not stop when a child doesn't understand or we see an opportunity for further investigation. If we do, then we are not doing our job as teachers. The very nature of what we do and who we do it with prevents true standardization even if politicians think they can test us into submission and sameness."

Amen.
We must recognize that all good teaching happens in the context of a relationship. In fact, I'd say it's impossible to achieve GOOD teaching without building that bridge to every individual student.
And once you've built the bridge, you can no longer ignore the individuality of the learners who populate your classroom. 

I don't have as negative an opinion of the Common Core standards that this blogger does -- I found the reading & writing core to be helpful and thoughtful.  But no matter how "standardized" our curriculum could become, education rests on the backs of individual TEACHERS.  
And any teacher worth his/her paycheck knows that you cannot standardize wonderful, difficult creatures we know as humans.  It's part of the imago Dei.

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