Of couse applying these researches, ideas, is the best test.Together we
can further the effort. Both camps have the kids at heart (with some rare
exceptions). Reform efforts, weither they be centered in the classroom,
school-based, or at the instituions of HIgher -ed and the national level
are ALL about Learning, learning, learning.
This list is an example of excellence in educational efforts. We, the
educators are working at still be students, seeking the best way to make
ourselves more "complete human beings" readying our ability to face life.
On Wed, 5 Feb 1997, carla harwitt wrote:
> Hi, just an appeal for respecting everyone's opinions while we differ over
> various issues on the network. Could I suggest that words like "stupid,"
> "babbling" and other pejoratives, even when presented in a light-hearted
> manner, can be unnecessarily inflammatory?
> --Carla in LA
> On Wed, 5 Feb 1997, Jim Foerch wrote:
> > 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
> > alrai
> > or
> > Lexsch