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Science teacher: Put the shoe on the other foot
"I'm not saying a child should go barefoot in your classroom. I am saying that before you bind her feet into shoes, you'd better have a better reason than because that's the way it's always been done (a silly reason), or for health (a false reason), or because you said so (abuse of power), or because it's a school rule (an arbitrary reason).

School starts this week for many of us here in New Jersey. Teachers will spend hours droning on about rules. Most high school kids will have less than 5 hours sleep the night before the first day of school and they know all the rules anyway.It's an easy day to waste.

Shake them up a bit. Tell the kids they're required to take off their shoes. Or that they must put their right shoe on their left foot. Or that they must put their socks over their shoes.

Let them tell you why they'd rather not."
michaeldoyle  teaching  science  freedom  student-centered  rules  unschooling  deschooling  schooliness  schools  arbitrary  shoes  barefoot  authoritarianism  2011 
september 2011 by robertogreco
SpeEdChange: On KIPP, and the question, does philosophy matter? [links to comment, quoted below, from 'htb']
"very idea of 'behind'-ness is what's under attack…When you standardize what it means to be an educated child, you create a line in sand that defines some kids as 'ahead' & some as 'behind.' As anyone w/ learning disability knows, these sorts of lines are increasingly arbitrary the more you examine them. They shut you out for all manner of reason. They create a situation where those who are 'ahead' get a free bonus happy career, & those who are 'behind' get either short stick or sanctimony. Or both.

If I had been in a class that demanded…eye contact at all times, I would have become discipline problem, because I am autistic. There is no room for me in a 'SLANT' classroom…teacher would then be allowed to humiliate me for non-compliance, or send me off to 'special ed.' Either way, it's amply demonstrated that I'm valueless to the class or school. …

Defining some people as 'behind' is what allows the school to abuse them in this way, & really that's what it is."
kipp  autism  standards  standardization  policy  us  education  learningdisabilities  learning  sorting  ranking  arbitrary  tcsnmy  schools  discipline  onesizefitsall  allsorts  arneduncan  rttt 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Hechinger Report | Interactive: Academic standards are all over the map [See aslo:]
"Academic standards range widely across the country for even the simplest set of facts. Such disparities are one reason why 48 states jointly developed a set of common standards, which seek to provide a single, clear definition of what should be taught in English & math in America’s public schools from K-12. The common standards, released on June 2nd, are also intended to better prepare U.S. children for college & workplace.
education  interactive  maps  mapping  standards  tomhoffman  policy  nationalstandards  us  schools  arbitrary 
july 2010 by robertogreco
The School of Life : Roman Krznaric on Why We Should Re-Invent The World Cup
"As football fever envelops the planet, with all eyes turned towards South Africa, I want you to imagine a different World Cup. Each country sends their national team as usual, but then all the players are pooled together and divided into teams based on their astrological star sign...
romankrznaric  football  soccer  nationstates  arbitrary  division  war  nationailsm  2010  worldcup  sports  futbol 
july 2010 by robertogreco
An Interactive Map of Differing State Standards - GOOD Education - GOOD [Interactive map is here:]
"Given the release of the National Governors Association's Common Core Standards last week, it's an interesting exercise to consider different states' standards for when kids learn different skills. An interactive map over at the Hechinger Report breaks down when elementary and middle school students learn three pretty basic pieces of information: How to use an adverb, how to tell time to the minute, and who the president is.
curriculum  standards  arbitrary  education  schools  schooling  us  policy  maps  mapping  tcsnmy 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Media Literacy: George Siemens on the Value of Assessment…
"Marks are really rather arbitrary. I have this fear, when marking, that I’ll double mark a paper / project submitted by a student (i.e. I’ll mark it once with comments and a grade… and then, because I forgot I had already marked it, do the same again)… and provide completely different comments or even a different grade."
grading  assessment  education  teaching  arbitrary  tcsnmy  grades  schools  universities  colleges  testing 
february 2009 by robertogreco

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