Hi everyone! I cut and pasted a chunk of my quote section below from my talking points. This section of the test focused on how education can hurt rather than help students if taught in the more "traditional" manner. I vent a bit about how we are still focused on standardized tests below.....grr!
“…education is experienced by students as something done to them, not something they do. They see it as alien and controlling….Mass education has become notorious for the low motivation of many students (and the burnout of many teachers). Large numbers of students are refusing to perform at high levels, demoralizing the teachers who work with them” (21).
* I found this passage confusing because if traditional ways of teaching are “bad”, then why are we STILL teaching to the test!? I couldn’t help but think of the NECAP testing when I read this quote. My department head focuses on reviewing so much for the test that I spent most of first quarter literally teaching to the test. The week of the test my school had drawings, prizes, and motivational announcements to almost “wake the slumbering effort” that is supposedly hidden within the students. We literally bribed them to do well after stuffing them full of traditional teaching-drills, constant repetition, crap. I was happy to see that our scores increased, however, really got to wondering after I read these "Shor-isms": What did they really learn? If given the NECAP tomorrow would they be able to reproduce the same results? Then I got to thinking how much discussion and connecting content on a personal level that we do daily and was saddened to realize just how much learning and “breakthrough moments” were lost because of this.