The creator of this video has surely been hanging out in faculty rooms across America. As we “rush to the top” Lake Wobegon-style, there are those who believe we’ll get there sooner and in greater numbers if we dehumanize the process of teaching and learning. I am not one of those people. I think education is one of the muckiest and most complicated issues of our time. And the most exciting. Pacing guides, scripted lessons, computer-driven curriculum are signs we have detoured from the great promise of public education and the destination of our dearest hopes and dreams.
I get around. I hear the grumbling. I see the body language of teachers worn down by the system. I hear the frustration of administrators whose interaction with teachers is reduced to checklists and charts. I feel the burn of students stuck in chairs for hour after hour, working on edu-bits, while curiosity goes idle and creativity withers.
Teaching and learning should be about tapping the boundless imagination of every child, teacher, administrator, parent, and citizen as we completely reinvent our precious educational system. Without it, we’re widgets going through a limited set of motions. Boring, drab, mindless, and shameful. We must do better. Sorry – but you were warned; this blog is my soapbox. Check out the other u-tube video by the same creator about focus walks. “Tragically hilarious,” wrote one teacher friend.