This quote from Kirsten’s post about causing trouble sticks with me.
The most important people in the school building are students. Their needs, their concerns, their desires, their lives should be what drives the institution. It should be student biorhythms that determine school schedules, their intellectual profiles that create its learning climates and activities, their feedback needs that form its assessments. Yet what I see are educational institutions largely designed around the needs of adults, around taking care of adults, and adult needs for predictability, order, measurability, quantifiability, compliance.
I want to limit my response to one question:
Why don’t we have schools that make kids happy?
Please comment below. Challenge the question. Take issue with its premise. Share the ennobling and uplifting work of which you and your kids are part.
Maybe we’re on the hard path already, all of us who are by any measure complicit in our schools and the incumbent frustrations thereof – the inequities we perpetuate and pass off on one another each day – the endless relay race of blame run by students, parents, politicians, and ourselves.