Now this is something to ponder
I have been wondering lately why we are so obsessed with giving every student, every teacher, and every school a ranking, rating, and/or grade.
It seems to me that we are thinking about children, teachers, and schools the same way we think about sports teams. In every league, there are winners and losers.
But if we think about education as a culture that is very different from that of a competitive sports league, then the picture and the questions change.
What if we thought of schools as if they were akin to families?
Then we would work to develop school cultures that are collaborative and supportive. We would make sure that those with the greatest needs got the resources they need. We would stop thinking of winners and losers (and “racing to the top”) and think instead about the full development of each human’s potential.
It is a paradigm shift…
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