On Twitter this morning, I just started reacting to "overnight posts" and found myself making ten statements about truly changing schools. Please, add your own, agree, disagree...
I've linked these to SpeEdChange posts.
Solution Sunday: (1) Grade level expectations fail all who develop at different rates (almost everyone) Multiage is way to go.
Solution Sunday: (2) Subject divisions kill natural learning instincts. All subjects need to be integrated.
Solution Sunday: (3) School time schedules prevent education. Flex time according to student needs.
Solution Sunday: (4) Individualized Education for all. All Students are gifted, all have special needs.
Solution Sunday: (5) All students need to start learning contemporary technology from the start. Especially those from less rich communities.
Solution Sunday: (6) Treat your students equitably and bullying will drop. It's a fact - schools encourage bullying through of adult actions.
Solution Sunday: (7) Text-To-Speech systems help all readers, should be in use right from the start (build sightword recognition, teach the value of what reading offers by providing access to content).
Solution Sunday: (8) Teacher training needs to change. Probably via interning in University Lab Schools. Learning better ways, not old ways. (and unlearning the systems of social reproduction)
Solution Sunday: (9) As long as there are high-stakes Standardized Tests, differentiated instruction is a fraud.
Solution Sunday: (10) More learning opportunities, less explicit instruction before age 8. Don't make young kids hate books and math. Stay flexible and tolerant, and natural curiousity will lead to learning.
- Ira Socol