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Nov 10, 2015
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Is Student Voice For Real?

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Educational change agents are constantly humming the merits of student voice and choice. Although a pithy rhyme, I wonder the implications of incorporating it in educational policy decision making.

A proviso: I believe education needs to be personalized. I’m all for students choosing their own books, methods of learning and connecting the curriculum to their own sense of self, justice, and helping in craft the direction of their learning on the micro scale. My classroom is excessively student directed. I’m all for student choice. I’m all for student voice when it comes to the individual.

Student voice on a larger scale is another issue. That’s not to say there shouldn’t be development of voice, that’s imperative, however, in implementing change in the system as a whole, I think we need to temper our excitement of incorporating student voice.

Student voice has been constructed by the school voice. The social, economic, and cultural factors that influence how students talk about school are often directly connected to how their teachers and parents talk about school and learning.

In battling the marks economy, I have found most students have no problem with the system, as is. Despite the growing research that opines that the marks economy inhibits students’ intrinsic motivation, there is no student groundswell to eliminate it, often because we have given them the language of the status quo.

In the same breath, over the six years I’ve been openly talking with my students about a radical change in education, many students have come around to seeing it my way. My influence on their perspective is obvious. Their voice begins to puppet my own. I may be inherently persuasive, but their voice in arguing for this change seems rather constructed by me.

The pop culture influence a student’s awareness of their schooling. Like in David Foster Wallace’s famous valedictorian speech, the idea that students are unaware of their surroundings is problematic when looking for their influence on the environment.

High school is a constant fixture on tv shows and movies. The media reinforces a student’s understanding of high school. We are not aware of options until it is reflected in pop culture.

All this is to say that I think we need to couch student voice with an awareness that it is not fully developed and often is more a reflection of their teacher than their larger understanding of the world.

Nov 14, 2011
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Richard F. Elmore

Elected officials—legislators, governors, mayors, school board members—generate electoral credit by initiating new ideas, not by making the kind of steady investments in people that are required to make the educator sector more effective.”
“The largest determinant of how people practice is how they have practiced in the past, and people demonstrate an amazingly resilient capacity to relabel their existing practices with whatever ideas are currently in vogue.”
“In many instances, our greatest successes in school improvement stem from scaffolding the adults’ content knowledge and pedagogy up to the level of what we know students can handle. In these cases, adult beliefs about what children can learn are changed by watching students do things that the adults didn’t believe that they—the students—could do.

Oct 29, 2011
Comments Off on Simon Sinek via Twitter And so, to those that wish I would just shut up, I say, “Sorry, that ain’t going to happen.” My belief is that we can be better, we have to better, we will be better. But we’ve got to be willing to step outside of our comfort zones, we have to be willing to admit it’s a process and we have to learn from all perspectives. It is great to celebrate where we are, but the key is to keep moving.

Simon Sinek via Twitter And so, to those that wish I would just shut up, I say, “Sorry, that ain’t going to happen.” My belief is that we can be better, we have to better, we will be better. But we’ve got to be willing to step outside of our comfort zones, we have to be willing to admit it’s a process and we have to learn from all perspectives. It is great to celebrate where we are, but the key is to keep moving.

The more you talk about what you believe, the more everyone will know what you believe.

Oct 26, 2011
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Seth Godin in Poke the Box

Somewhere along the way, ego became a nasty word. It’s not. … Ego drives us to seek acceptance, to make a difference, and to push the envelope. If ego wasn’t a key driver in the process, then creative, generous work would all be anonymous, and it isn’t.

Oct 26, 2011
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Seth Godin in Poke the Box

Somewhere along the way, ego became a nasty word. It’s not. … Ego drives us to seek acceptance, to make a difference, and to push the envelope. If ego wasn’t a key driver in the process, then creative, generous work would all be anonymous, and it isn’t.

Oct 19, 2011
Comments Off on Annie Murphy Paul (http://ideas.time.com/2011/10/12/the-science-of-how-we-learn/#ixzz1b8VvqX2h) For all those that suggest we can keep on, keepin’ on, stick with the tried and true methods of instruction and learning, need to listen to the science. The educational revolution is not about jumping on the band wagon, it is rooted in an understanding that things are different now. The science of learning has prompted us to say, “it’s time.” The nature of information, knowledge, communication and expression have radically changed and are continually changing. To remain stationary is severely problematic.

Annie Murphy Paul (http://ideas.time.com/2011/10/12/the-science-of-how-we-learn/#ixzz1b8VvqX2h) For all those that suggest we can keep on, keepin’ on, stick with the tried and true methods of instruction and learning, need to listen to the science. The educational revolution is not about jumping on the band wagon, it is rooted in an understanding that things are different now. The science of learning has prompted us to say, “it’s time.” The nature of information, knowledge, communication and expression have radically changed and are continually changing. To remain stationary is severely problematic.

We need a learning revolution: in the schools, at home, and in the workplace. Although the science of learning has made enormous advances over the past decade, its discoveries have remained restricted to academic journals and conferences. It’s time to liberate this knowledge for the good of learners everywhere.

Oct 19, 2011
Comments Off on Annie Murphy Paul (http://ideas.time.com/2011/10/12/the-science-of-how-we-learn/#ixzz1b8VvqX2h) For all those that suggest we can keep on, keepin’ on, stick with the tried and true methods of instruction and learning, need to listen to the science. The educational revolution is not about jumping on the band wagon, it is rooted in an understanding that things are different now. The science of learning has prompted us to say, “it’s time.” The nature of information, knowledge, communication and expression have radically changed and are continually changing. To remain stationary is severely problematic.

Annie Murphy Paul (http://ideas.time.com/2011/10/12/the-science-of-how-we-learn/#ixzz1b8VvqX2h) For all those that suggest we can keep on, keepin’ on, stick with the tried and true methods of instruction and learning, need to listen to the science. The educational revolution is not about jumping on the band wagon, it is rooted in an understanding that things are different now. The science of learning has prompted us to say, “it’s time.” The nature of information, knowledge, communication and expression have radically changed and are continually changing. To remain stationary is severely problematic.

We need a learning revolution: in the schools, at home, and in the workplace. Although the science of learning has made enormous advances over the past decade, its discoveries have remained restricted to academic journals and conferences. It’s time to liberate this knowledge for the good of learners everywhere.

Oct 13, 2011
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Derek Sivers in “Anything We Want”

Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what’s not working.

Oct 13, 2011
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Derek Sivers in “Anything We Want”

Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what’s not working.

Oct 11, 2011
Comments Off on Seth Godin in “We Are All Weird” When we remove this moral myth of compliance, how does it change our understanding of authority? If it is not moral to comply, why comply? Without compliance, what are we left with? So many great things in Seth Godin’s book.

Seth Godin in “We Are All Weird” When we remove this moral myth of compliance, how does it change our understanding of authority? If it is not moral to comply, why comply? Without compliance, what are we left with? So many great things in Seth Godin’s book.

We believe it is moral to comply.

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