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Re: Fighting over philosophy?

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Jim Foerch (alrai)
Wed, 5 Feb 1997 21:06:30 -0800 (PST)

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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!"
Jim Foerch
Banjo, math & science teacher at
Pine Street Creative Arts Academy
1138 Pine NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

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