Retired Principal: Think of the Talent Lost When We Try to Standardize Children

Diane Ravitch post: Lynn Stoddard, a retired educator, writes about the damage done by trying to standardize what is inherently non-standard: a human being. His solution: Let teachers teach. Encourage them to recognize and magnify individual differences. Standardization doesn’t work for unique human beings, which each of us is. He writes: Perhaps the largest damage to our culture is the countless people who have died with their music still in them because they attended schools devoted to standardizing students.

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Lynn Stoddard, a retired educator, writes about the damage done by trying to standardize what is inherently non-standard: a human being.

His solution: Let teachers teach. Encourage them to recognize and magnify individual differences. Standardization doesn’t work for unique human beings, which each of us is.

He writes:

Perhaps the largest damage to our culture is the countless people who have died with their music still in them because they attended schools devoted to standardizing students. An eighth-grade boy in Farmington composed music for full orchestra, with 29 instruments — brass, woodwinds, percussion and strings — a piece that was so good it was chosen to be played at the State Music Educators Conference. Sadly, he did not go on to become another phenomenal composer like Mozart or Andrew Lloyd Webber, because he had to spend so much time with higher math and other required subjects.

What would American culture…

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Thousands of Michigan kids suffer because of mass incarceration | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times

One out of 10 Michigan children have had a parent incarcerated.

 

“By removing record numbers of people from their neighborhoods for record periods of time, mass incarceration causes neighborhoods in the Motor City to literally collapse.”

Source: Thousands of Michigan kids suffer because of mass incarceration | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times

A Lesson from Upper Darby in How to Demoralize Teachers

Diane Ravitch writes…
The Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, school board gave a $30,000 contract to a consulting firm for advice. The advice was to turn a certain number of elementary school teachers into “at-large” teachers in their school. This would make them into floaters, permanent subs. Guess what? Teachers are furious. They will lose their classrooms. A special meeting of the Upper Darby School Board Thursday night to discuss the educational specifications committee turned into a standing room only plea to keep teachers in their classrooms.

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The Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, school board gave a $30,000 contract to a consulting firm for advice. The advice was to turn a certain number of elementary school teachers into “at-large” teachers in their school. This would make them into floaters, permanent subs.

Guess what? Teachers are furious. They will lose their classrooms.

A special meeting of the Upper Darby School Board Thursday night to discuss the educational specifications committee turned into a standing room only plea to keep teachers in their classrooms.

Purple T-shirts with “Let us Teach” filled the board room at the high school as teachers let the board know that they want to teach in their own classrooms and not be designated floaters throughout the district under proposed new elementary school schedules.

These schedules, made up by the consulting firm District Management Council for $30,000, are slated to be presented to the public on Monday night, but…

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Wonder where all the anti-establishment fury is coming from?

Robert Reich writes…

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the wages of young college grads have gone nowhere since 2000, and the wages of young people with only a high school degree have dropped (see chart below).

And the establishment is bewildered about where all the anti-establishment fury is coming from?

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