I first read about this over at Assorted Stuff because that blog is ahead of Chris’s in my bloglines account. I’m glad I did, though, because Tim picked out what, to him, was the most important idea in Chris’s presentation. It was this:
How is it that we have so many passionate dedicated educators and so many really failing schools? The problem is, that you put a good person in a bad system, the system wins too often. We need to change the system.
I agree that this is a vital question to ask and that the answer is the only one that makes sense.
For me, though, there were a couple other things that I really liked:
Nothing will ever hold me more accountable as an educator than I hold myself responsible for the kids in my charge.
We need to remember that we teach kids before we teach subjects.
And regarding our fascination with tests…
It’s recall-based learning, and in the age of Google, it is just absolutely obsolete.
Please check Chris’s presentation out. It is worth your time.