Three Random Thoughts on the Real World:
1. I always hated when teachers would say, “In the real world . . . ” to justify practices that felt unjust. Or they would say, “Life isn’t fair,” to explain away something wrong within the classroom. In the real world there are people who fight on the side of justice. In the real world, there are people who believe in compassion.
2. In the real world, grownups drink and operate vehicles (though hopefully not at the same time). They procreate. They pay the mortgage. They vote. I don’t want kids doing any of those things.
3. The real world is great, but I want a good portion of life to be chiseled out for fantasy. If there isn’t room for a few unicorns and wizards then life just got way too boring.
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John T. Spencer is a teacher in Phoenix, AZ who blogs at Education Rethink. He recently finished Pencil Me In, an allegory for educational technology and A Sustainable Start, a book for new teachers. He also wrote the reform-minded memoirs Teaching Unmasked: A Humble Alternative to Waiting For a Superhero and Sages and Lunatics. He has written two young adult novels Drawn Into Danger and A Wall for Zombies. You can connect with him on Twitter @johntspencer