|Source: Washington Post, ASIDE|
The coast-to-coast consensus on a direction for student learning seems as unattainable as ever. Public, parochial, independent, charter, and home school options are all good-faith models of teaching and learning. But it's like the debate over school vouchers -- with so many options, who is being left behind?
The Common Core initiatives at their best are attempts to elevate skill expectations and to implement desired outcomes across the country. At their worst, however, these new standards simply replace old standards. One size still fits all, and rote testing becomes both the symptom and the prescription for the lingering malaise.
We recently came across a motion graphic from Public Impact, made in conjunction with Column Five Media, which offers several novel proposals for upending America's schools. These suggestions differ by focusing on the teacher. They imagine how the best educators could apply their training and their time to best effect. We don't yet know much about Public Impact as an organization, and we're trying to read up more about the group's point of view. The Advisory Team does feature some respected names, and as a stand-alone video, the clip presents notions worth considering.
|Source: Public Impact|
A few of the stated aims include:
- Specialization - where the single-teacher, contained elementary classroom is broken apart
- Multi-Classroom Leadership - where teacher-leaders are encouraged to guide bottom-up teams
- Time-Technology Swaps - where the flipped or MOOC model is brought back into the classroom to maximize teacher time allocation
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