Fighting over philosophy when American children are dying on the vine? I >> suggest those teachers need to become child centered in all their >> discussions and adopt strictly pragmatic criteria for decision making. If >> something helps children become smarter, do it. If it doesn't help kids >> grow and learn, dump it. Constructivism, interdisciplinary curricula, >> multiple intelligence, cooperative learning, social skills programming, ... >> all may have a place but to waste time arguing them instead of seeing what >> works with your students is malpractice. >> In our district and in our school we just started talking learning, >> learning and learning, focussing on the kids. Eventually the "philosophers" >> either got the message or took the early retirement option. Recalling the >> '92 Pres. campaign, "It's the kids, Stupid!"
Banjo, math & science teacher at
Pine Street Creative Arts Academy
1138 Pine NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504 alrai