During some recent Twitter travels I stumbled onto a blog post by Tom Whitby, called We Have To Stop Pretending… #MakeSchoolDifferent. I found another from the Open Teaching Blog put together by University of Oklahoma called, We Have To Stop Pretending…. Both of these posts have a common thread, and that is to #MakeSchoolDifferent. This all began with a simple post from Scott Mcleod, entitled, We Have To Stop Pretending. After reading these posts, I felt inspired to share my own thoughts. To anyone reading this, let’s keep this going!
When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending that…
- Academic rigor can only occur in a traditional classroom setting.
- Grades aren’t punitive and detrimental to student growth.
- Test scores and grades directly correlate to how intelligent you are.
- The “real” world and “real” work only begins after you graduate from school.
- That all students need go to college in order to be successful.