November 27, 2011 by rlewiscordell
I follow the blog of a fellow educator that blog by the name Ed Buzz. His stuff is on the edge and thought provoking.
Ed Buzz posted, “To evolve, public school districts need to understand that the real secret is to become more boutique – to offer smaller, more specialized programs with better customer service and personalize the experience”. I agree.
This thinking is in line with mine. I am publishing a book as you read this blog. The book is titles New School. It is about running your classroom like a one room school. “The themes of this short book include an examination of the lessons that can be learned from the old one-room schoolhouse, the teacher leadership movement, and the need to restore our schools. The book challenges the assumption that uniformity and school districts enhance the quality of education. While the nation is rushing headlong toward national standards and curriculum, I urge serious educators to look in the rearview mirror to see where we have been and to remember what was great about it (Cordell, 2011).
Adapting and evolving is built on a foundation of perpetuating organism’s most favorable traits. The one room school of the early 1900s was a boutique school. The personal connectedness is one such trait. The one room school was concerned with educating children. The one room school was not an assembly line – as if schools became and remain in present day America. In the one room school, everyone found a way to work it out. It — meaning everything! We have lost that in our school system.
Today’s teachers are teaching tomorrow’s learners in yesterday’s schools. Public schools have a tired and worn out approach. There has been a fundamental shift in our students that many of seem to have missed.
What do you think fellow thinker?
R Lewis Cordell