Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Are you who you want to be?

Are we giving our K12 learners the tools and opportunities they need to become who they want to be? Will they have to supplement the education we provide in order to meet their goals?
It seems we should be teaching skills laid on the foundations of creativity, collaboration, & critical thinking. Our public schools seem to have their hands tied because of NCLB. With such a Catch-22, there must be an end result.
Could it be a mass exodus from the public school system so it implodes? We could be apathetic enough to allow NCLB reauthorization. We could voice our taxpaying voices to our representatives. What occurs next in public education in this country is within our grasp.
NCLB assessment data measures well one type of intelligence. There are nine identified intelligences according to Harvard professor Howard Gardner. The tested Linguistic intelligence is no better than any other, although it is admittedly easier to test with multiple-choice questions on timed tests that are standardized nation-wide. No one ever told me that education would be easy.
We seem to have fallen into a babysitting mentality in this country and this is unfortunate. Many assume it is our job to look after the learners in our schools. Our role is to educate these future wage earners, not babysit them. Our system, our vision, these need to change. Here is a chance. Will we take it?

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More NCLB info here.

Reference: Gardner, Howard (1983). Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. New, York, NY: Basic Books.

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