Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Warts, Duct Tape, and Education

My wife took our daughter to the doctor last week.  She's got a wart on her toe.

I made a Monty Python reference that my wife didn't get.  It was the first thing that came to my mind.

I must say though that I love our doctor.  He's as a big a dork about medicine as I am about education and technology.  I say that with the utmost respect and reverence.

He shared an article that he read about treating worts.  This isn't it but you get the idea.

Duct tape on a wart?  How do you discover this?  Who wrote the grant to try it out?  Who funded this study?

This is what is wrong with education.  The world doesn't allow us to try crazy stuff?  I guess this is where I come out against Common Core?

In education, we are forced to do it one way.  We are given curriculum.  We are given lesson plans.  We have meetings on how to do stuff.  We get packets.  We got district leaders, government leaders and parents who tell us what to do and how to do it.

Do teachers personalize things?  Sure.  We each have our flair. Passions.

But when was the last time a teacher put duct tape on a wart?  Or taught science by building a canoe?  Or taught questioning by taking students to the newsroom?  Or taught scaling by designing a basketball court?

I want to be able to put duct tape on warts in my classroom.

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