Yesterday we got a mention over at Teacher Magazine
By Anthony Rebora on August 17, 2010 1:16 PM
Over on a progressive-educator group blog called Cooperative Catalyst, Kirsten Olson, author of Wounded by Schools, wonders why the “industrial model” of schooling so stubbornly persists despite being commonly seen as dysfunctional and outmoded. Do we continue to believe, she wonders (among nine other possible explanations she lists), that “human beings require a lot of prodding, management and shaming to learn things?”
and Kirsten sent a email asking us
Do we like being called Progressivist educators? Just wondering…
This prompted a great discussion about the need for labels or terms to describe our work, or the work of people trying to change education.
Chad added these additional questions to think about.
* Do we achieve our goals by staying out of the center?
* Do we achieve our goals by moving the center? By what mechanism and from what position?
* Do we have different goals for the Coöp and is it okay for them to comingle there?
* Is working with the center a betrayal of our common principles?
* Are we interested in participating in the money and research being spent on mainstream education “reform” like KIPP and TFA?
* I’ve started to post interviews with leaders of what I consider to be forward-thinking, student-centered, project-based vendors
and schools on the edReformer website. Sincerely non-rhetorically, am I a bad progressive/transformer? More Starscream than Ratchet?
So this is a wide discussion, but I think a timely one. This week we are asking “what is the biggest challenge in education?” and I think this discussion fits right in.
Is the biggest challenge, how we represent ourselves as change agents to get the most done without marginalize our issues and group?