Why are kids in school?
They are taught to the tests following the testing calendar. They are taught in a one size fits all program where every class on the same grade and every class on the same subject is covering the same skill at the same time.
They are taught not to mastery, but to pass the tests. That’s all! They are taught quickly covering a skill in two to three days with an insufficient amount of practice on the skill in class and at home. There is no time for review or remediation of the skill. There is no time to bring children up to grade level on the skills that they did not master in previous grades.Read more
- The great feeling a teacher experiences when a student’s light goes on when they acquire a skill they struggled with.
- The pleasure of sitting down on the rug and reading to or having a discussion with the class.
- The time to review a skill until everyone in the class has mastered it.
- The opportunity to sit and play a learning game with the children.
- Teachable moments.