Seth Godin recently published his manifesto for school reform titled, "Stop Stealing Dreams." You can find it here and it is free to read! Stop Stealing Dreams Godin calls for a revolution in education.
"In order to efficiently jam as much testable data into a generation of kids, we push to make those children compliant, competitive zombies." - Seth GodinWhen I think about those students comments and the way the world is going, are we becoming irrelevant? My hope is that students love to come to our school, and that they are challenged. We should be instilling skills that will help them in the future not cramming as much testable data into them as possible. I have asked this question before, can we teach these skills and still make AYP?
Is the system stealing the dreams from these students?
Is it just that time of the year? Could it be teenagers just being teenagers? Or worse yet, the truth?
Bill Ferriter asked this similar question recently in his blog, do you make ANY time for skills that AREN'T easily tested but ARE incredibly important?
"But the sanctity of performance/testing/compliance-based school is rarely discussed and virtually never challenged." - Seth GodinI feel the current focus of #edreform will only continue to hinder and decrease the joy of learning. As leaders we are faced with a choice, worry about test scores or focus on 21st century skills. Currently, test scores rank supreme. I am fully aware that accountability will not go away, and we must find ways to combine accountability and these important skills. Until then I hope that these comments were influenced by being just 'that time of the year.'