I appreciate the anonymous comment to my last post on New York's Common Core assessment results. The comment ends with the following paragraph, a mental model that I once held, but one that no longer influences my behavior.
Education really is an enigma. Everyone, for the most part, has had an
experience. Everyone believes how they went to school and the way THEY learned
is how it should be done now. You would never ask a doctor to make the incision
a bit more to the right or question the lawyer in your case is that they right
way to argue the point. You trust them, with the most important decisions in
your life. I too, would like that kind of trust.
Why is this the case? I believe that it starts with a School Board that understands and supports the need for adult learning and for creating the capacity to adapt to changing demands. It also requires a belief in transparency and understanding that collectively we have greater capacity to support the needs of our young people than we do as individuals or isolated teams. Though there are many other factors supporting our current reality these are three essential components. If you could add one, what would it be?