Students Before Stuff

About 8-9 years ago I coined a phrase “we’re not here to teach stuff, we’re here to teach Children’. As something of a newcomer ,to K-12 education at that time, it just felt right and made sense. Sad to say I often felt frustrated that neither teachers or parents appeared genuinely ready to take on board what I was saying in a healthy positive way.

How times are changing and how bracing it is to find genuine awakening an desire to provide an education that puts the learner at the centre, instead of the ‘stuff’. Sadly, there are still many educators who saw the arrival of IT tools in schools as simply a sexier way to deliver the stuff, combined with a new marketing set of gimmicks to wow parents.

I was particularly pleased to read this article from ASCD Educational Leadership online magazine that explores these issues from the perspective of Information Technology as a fundamental disrupting force that changes the very nature of what it means to be a learner.

Well worth a read;

ASCD Educational Leadership Article

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One Response

  1. Very thought-provoking post and article..gives a whole new meaning meaning to learning and the role of information technology in it.

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