The Power of Pedagogy: Why We Shouldn’t Teach Like Champions

This is excellent…

Cities, Suburbs and School Choice

According to Milton Friedman, one of the foundational advocates of a school choice system, one goal of school choice is to reinvigorate the teaching profession, replacing ineffective teachers with the “many talented people who are currently deterred from entering the teaching profession by the dreadful state of so many of our schools” (Friedman 1997, 344). Indeed, prominent charter networks frequently boast that their teachers are uniquely qualified, passionate, and eager for their students to succeed (see the below images from Uncommon Schools and Achievement First). The notion that teachers in charter schools are more talented, more determined, or more loving than those in public schools is one theme charter schools use to attract families. After all, what parent would not jump at the chance to ensure excellent teachers for their child?

Screenshot (16) “We Are Uncommon | Uncommon Schools,” [http://www.uncommonschools.org/our-approach/who-we-are]

Screenshot (15) “Our Mission and Vision,” [http://www.achievementfirst.org/our-approach/mission/]

       To make this claim a reality…

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One thought on “The Power of Pedagogy: Why We Shouldn’t Teach Like Champions

  1. A super interesting critique Corinne. Thanks for sharing. Have you blogged before on your stance on ‘discipline’ in general? Lemov obviously takes it to the extreme, but what is your stance on productive routines that enable efficient transitions allowing more time for instruction. How does a teacher strike the balance between enforcing such routines and encouraging the questioning of their students (to foster critical mindsets, the likes of which could write such an article).

    I ask this because, for me, this article argues against an extreme that I’m never going to try to implement anyway. I’m never going to get students to rehearse multiple times how to stand up, step out, and smile whilst doing it. But I think there’s a healthy balance to strike, and I think that many classes thrive on routine. I appreciate the relevance of such a critique in the U.S, but what about in Aus?

    Would love to know your thoughts.

    Ollie.

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