Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Making Learning Work

One of the many Daily Kos regulars I enjoy reading is Teacherken, who nearly always has interesting things to say about learning. (And yes, I do believe that public school teachers are often worth listening to about education.)

I was especially struck by this quote today. I plan to save it for those moments when I've just listened to some dogmatic homeschooling parent rant about how their way is the only proper way for real learning to occur.
Teacherken in Washington Post: "Kenneth Bernstein, a teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt who tends to be on the progressive side of the argument, said, 'I have no trouble with people trying a variety of approaches to education. What is, in my opinion, most likely to make a particular approach successful is that the persons using that approach believe in it, get a buy-in from students and parents and not apply it rigidly when the needs of the students are otherwise.'"

My family has always taken an informal approach to learning—I did, after all, write a book on unschooling—but beyond that, I've always had a pragmatic approach to learning. Whatever works is what we need to do. There is no place for ideology in making learning work.

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