Note: Some of these might offend some of my readers. If they do, I apologize in advance. My intention is merely to emphasize that these issues are far more complex than so many ‘education specialists’ and ‘thought-leaders’ out there make them seem:
False Dichotomies in Education:
- The Edtech Evangelists: You’re either using technology in your class or you’re a dinosaur.
- The PD Pushers: If you’re not tirelessly updating your skills, you’re irrelevant.
- The Cuddlies: If you don’t care for the heart, you miss the mind.
- The Neuro-determinists: I have quite a few clever kids in my class – and then there are the ‘strugglers’. (Or vice versa.)
- The Pedagogical Preachers: Teaching is either teacher-led or student-centered.
- The Conference Sound-Biters: We can do what’s good for us or what’s good for them.
- The ’21st Century’ Skills Club: Either we teach content or skills.
- The Neophiles: New is good. Old is bad.
- Kohn’s Misreaders: The solution to too much homework is no homework.
- The Gritters: Kids either learn grit or they wallow in failure.
- The Righteously Rigorous: If all we do is play and be creative, kids will never learn discipline and rigor.
- The Exam Expungers: We have to personalize assessments or else standardized tests will stunt learning.
- The Motivational Mavens: Education is either 100% engaging or it is drudgery.
- The Passion Fruits: If you don’t teach with passion you shouldn’t teach.
- Employers Everywhere: Teachers teach because they love teaching, not because they care about money.
- The Brain Busters: Some kids are left-brained, some are right-brained.
- The Tinkerers: Learning is either hands-on or it is inaccessibly abstract.
- The Product Partisans: Apple or Samsung / Google or Microsoft.
- The STEMers: STEM subjects are more valuable in the modern world than the Arts.
- The ‘Real World’ Rationalizers: We either prepare them for an exam or we prepare them for life.
- The Global Contextualizers: Either sound learning principles are universal or they are contextual.
- The Growth Groupies: Children either learn to adopt a growth mindset or they are lost.
- The Parent Trappers: Parents are either with us or against us.
Any to add?
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