I’m Not on that Wagon
Originally uploaded by David Warlick.
First, please forgive my writting on his entry. I’m thumb typing this at LAX, waiting on my flight to Dallas, and then on home to Raleigh. My day at the conference (CUE2006), yesterday, ended with a webcast, hosted by Chris Walsh. It went well, considering my irrational fear of cameras. This is mostly thanks to the relaxed nature of Chris’ guidance. However, there was a moment, where I faultered. He asked the question, which I certainly should have anticipated, “How do we reconcile between the richer, project-based teaching and learning that technology seems to beg for, and the accountability/high-stakes-testing environment that seems to force education into a direct teaching mode of operation?” I tryed to answer the question … With the research that points to the value of PBL lead by talented educators with signicant and good professional development. But it didn’t feel right. I think that the problem is that the standards movement is simply a wagon that I’m not riding on. I’ve had a number of conversations lately, with educators who are around my age. We attended education school in a time when we read the writings of James Herndon and education reform was based on compassion and collaboration rather than performance and compeditiveness. We were taught to distrust standardized testing, and to value and celebrate each student’s unique talents and interests.
They’re starting to call for the boarding of my flight, so I’m going to submit this two cents worth. It will beat me home by about seven hours, where I will doubtless have lots of comments on my niavity, pinko upbringing, and most certainly the poor spelling that my liberal education inspired. My thumbs are aching tremendously! — David Warlick The Landmark Project http://davidwarlick.com/ http://landmark-project.com/