What if schools really are what most people think they are?
What if they’re really all about getting good marks so that students can move on to university?
What if respect and rigor and discipline and conformity really do matter more than anything else?
What if remembering facts is actually more import than the ability to reason independently, decode problems, and generate innovative solutions?
What if canned syllabi actually do matter more than the individual needs of our students?
What if there really doesn’t need to be any connection and collaboration between different subjects and the skills they teach?
What if encouraging grit and determination and resilience really are more important than exercising compassion, understanding, and empathy?
What if it really is all about competition and being better than everyone else, rather than learning to negotiate, cooperate, and collaborate?
What if the ability to take a test well really does trump abilities and dispositions like critical thinking, curiosity, compassion, creativity, and good communication skills?
What if after-school programs like dramatics, debating, chess, dancing, and robotics really are not as important as the traditional sports codes?
What if the Arts and Humanities really aren’t as important as mathematics, the sciences, and the languages?
What if teachers who teach senior grades really are more important than those who teach younger students?
What if having more experience does indeed make you a better teacher?
What if kids really should sit still and shut up?
What if it’s true that students have to learn lower order thinking skills before they learn the higher order stuff?
What if it truly is their responsibility to listen and learn rather than to debate and ask questions?
What if practice really does make perfect?
And what if every teacher believed that this was really all there was to education?