I don’t usually republish articles by other authors, in fact I don’t believe I ever have on this blog. But this article is so “right on” and about such an important topic that I simply must share it with you here. I believe it will resonate with every public school teacher.
No, Teachers Shouldn’t Put Students in the Driver’s Seat
By Richard Ullman
September 5, 2018
In the push to identify and address the reasons for the underperformance of American students relative to their peers abroad and the persistence of test-score disparities across subgroups at home, no shortage of suspects has been summoned before the court of education policy public opinion.
Students, parents, and, of course, classroom teachers undergo levels of scrutiny, but other agents of blame have managed to evade detection. Chief among them: the purveyors of so-called “best practice” methodologies.
Education leaders who buy into these progressive pedagogical visions argue that…