Saturday, January 2, 2016

America's Propagandized love Affair with School Reforms

America's propagandized love affair with school reforms is creating children that have an ennui pathos for curiosity and learning. Students are being left with a standardized basal mindset that is subconsciously seeking an anagnorisis. Hope and virtue are on the wane and we keep the pushing education reforms that marginalize a generation of children. Common Core and the new push for a technology based, formal basal education is extinguishing the love of learning. Curious adroit minds are developed through common sense practices that are needed in all classrooms more than ever. Modern education is missing the point and at worst, it falls short of creating curious, wise and virtuous citizens. What are some of the solutions? How do we inspire a new generation of curious virtuous children that thrive academically and emotionally in a culture of standardization and punitive accountability?

We are in living with the perils of external top-down group think (School Reform) that stifles or exterminated innovation, creativity and experimentation. The problems that we face in education are many and complicated yet they are best solved by those doing the teaching and learning. Many teachers and students may feel disenfranchised and see they have no seat at the table when the true message is different from the actions.

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. Maya Angelou

1. Creating a Culture of Questioning

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.... It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. Albert Einstein

2, Creating a Culture of Novelty

Novelty, fun, and excitement produces dopamine in the brain, and dopamine is associated with building and cementing long-term memory.

3. Creating a Culture of Active Learning

Active learning is a model of instruction that focuses the responsibility of learning on learners. Students must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems not merely actively listen. Active learning engages students in two aspects – doing things and thinking about the things they are doing (Bonwell and Eison, 1991).

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale

4. Creating a Culture of Cooperation

The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation - a force for construction and destruction. Jonathan Haidt

5. Creating a Classroom Culture of Responsibility and Accountability

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt

6. Creating a Classroom Culture of Virtue; Honesty, Compassion, Valour, Justice, Sacrifice, Honour, Spirituality, Humility
The knight is sworn to valor
His heart knows only virtue
His blade defends the helpless
His might upholds the weak
His words speak only truth
His wrath undoes the wicked.

The right can never die
If one man still recalls
The words are not forgot
If one voice speaks them clear
The code forever shines
If one heart holds it bright

"To be brave in deed and in word, to be one of strength and courage is to be a champion. A Knight must be a hero and a champion, a guardian of good. True of heart and noble in spirit, a Knight must be willing to sacrifice everything if it will further the one and only war."

"Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright, that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong; that is your oath. Rise a knight."

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