Markham mentions a “new story” in education, but really isn’t it just the same story? Perhaps different players, tools, standards and whatnot, but the goal of an educator is to prepare students for the future to the best of their ability. I don’t think this has changed, nor will it. I want to help my students succeed in whatever endeavors they choose to tackle. Predicting the shape the world will take in 20 or even 10 years from now is a losing proposition. How can I help students learn skills and develop background that will serve them in the years to come whether or not they choose to pursue a science based profession?
New Story or Old Story?
Creating a definitive old and new story is problematic. I would rather define concepts based upon what works and what doesn’t. What has been proven effective within the classroom to increase student understanding (not just memorization)? What skills do students need to learn in order to both be informed citizens within our society and successful workers within our economy (whatever career path they choose)? These are the questions I would rather focus on. They are also questions that I am just beginning to grasp now as a teacher candidate and will likely persist throughout my entire education career.
Markham, T. (2015). Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education ‘Story’. MindShift. Retrieved 29 November 2015, from http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/02/11/redefining-teachers-with-a-21st-century-education-story/
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