Rethinking my Pedagogy

27 Feb

The fundamentals of our education system in NZ is corroding. Technology has forced educators to reconsider their expertise or pedagogy or method. I know I have. At the same time, the school system is under persistent attack from the political left and right. We educators are scrambling to patch these foundations together. However, now seems the right time to ask, what would education look like if all partisanship, prejudices, and training was forgotten? What would we create if all we had was a comprehensive understanding of education’s history and a well-reasoned view of the purpose of education?

Others have proposed reinventions of classroom instruction for economic reasons; we need to produce innovators, they say. How many time have you heard people outside our education system say this.But what of moral justifications? What of the edification of the students themselves? Is there really a serious student voice? With these nobler aims in mind, we can rebuild an institution that has been our nation’s pride, and will be again.

So, how would you design a classroom, a curriculum, a school if all you knew was what has and has not worked in the past and the only opinion you held was a notion of the ultimate purpose of education? National Standards, NCEA and such out the window. I know our schools would look a great deal different.

I leave you with this to get you thinking.

 

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