Cross posted from my blog
Time and time again I hear the statement, “I do it for the children…” or “It’s all about the children.” Politicians, the general public, and yes many educator if not all at some point utter something similar. I hear it from teachers before I hear any educational philosophy or methodology, and I have yet to meet a teacher that does not think it is all about the children. Thank goodness. So then what happens from that statement to our classrooms? Where does the disconnect start because how can you say it is all about the children and then assign punishment or rewards? How can you say it is all about children kids and assign hours of homework even at an elementary level? How can it be all about the children when there are no re-takes, no extra chances, no resources allowed on tests?
So if it is true that it is all about the children, then perhaps we need to rethink what that means. The way a lot of educational systems are set up is apparently all about taking time away from those same children and making sure the teacher is in focus and in control. Do we not think that “All about the children” could mean those kids had a say, were more in control, and were even listened to? Because if inane classroom management, pointless homework, letter grades with no explanation, and test upon test is what is meant by being all about children, then no, I am not all about the children.