School 2.0 — The Schools that We Need

Most of my comments are in italics!

Sitting now at Chris Lehmann’s keynote about school 2.0.  Why does it matter?  He’s showing pictures of his children, and we all care about his children and all of he children.  He worries that school is going to beat the love of learning from his children, that they are going to say, here, site, fold your hands, and listen and follow instructions.  “Our children need us to be better than we are.”

He says that we need to stop thinking that schools should run more like business.  Thinking that schools should be like business, assumes that businesses are all doing it right.

The myth of the mesiah teacher is a lousy way to reform an education system.  They’re gone.  They don’t stay.  Then can’t stay…  The biggest problem a lack of vision at the highest level and often at the lowest level.  Rows of desks are about keeping order in the classroom.  Chris admits to suggesting that a new teacher put her desks in a row temporarily to…

My batter is dying.  I need to just listen!

Later:

I’m plugged in now and just wanted to share this one think about Chris’ presentation — which was amazing.  But at the end, he talked about a students, which whom teachers had worked for two years to help him with his writing.  They felt he had the talent, but he resisted.  …until one day, when he wrote a blog post on some topic that he cared about, and started getting more and more comments on his post from inside and outside the school and from great distances.  The young man then went to his english teacher and said,

“I want you to help me improve my writing.  My grammar isn’t good enough for my ideas.”

I thought that was enourmously powerful.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.