Can We Stop Longing for the Good Old Days?
TZ the Good Old Days, I had a parent this week suggest it would be better to go back to the days of passing notes rather than texting. Kids long for the social connections they have whether it be passing notes or texting. Why resist change!
I read the Globe and Mail article Classroom fads and magic beans a little while ago and I have to admit that there was some screaming at the screen on my end (Ok, well it was more like mumbling under my breath at my cell phone). Debunking research with one source didn’t seem very critical but everyone is entitled to their opinion. It wasn’t any different than the conversations I experienced while visiting family this summer:
- “Kids today don’t know how to do math.”
- “All these new ways…”
- “What’s wrong with how we used to learn?”
I learned early on in my career that when it comes to education, everyone seems to have an opinion (including those in the field). Responding with research or facts has never really worked for me (maybe I don’t have a stern enough voice) but sharing a classroom success story always guaranteed a thoughtful ending.
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