A challenge to school board members, superintendents and principals

I challenge school board members, superintendents, and principals to think philosophically, instead of social scientifically, about school improvement.  Start with the six-virtue definition of the educated person.  It costs nothing.  If you and your teachers model and teach those virtues, you won’t need to invest in:

(1)  data-driven instruction,

(2)  instructional differentiation,

(3)  problem-based learning,

(4)  learning styles,

(5)  higher order thinking skills,

(6)  common core,

(7)  Khan Academy,

(8)  multiple intelligences,

(9)  high expectations,

(10) character education,

(11) core knowledge,

(12) benchmarking,

(13) brain-based teaching,

(14) cooperative learning,

(15) professional learning communities,

(16) heterogeneous or homogeneous grouping,

(17) standards-based instruction,

(18) 21st century learning.

It is simple.  Policymakers who are understanding, imaginative, strong, courageous, humble and generous should hold teachers accountable for modeling and teaching the same virtues.  It’s all about your definition of the educated person?  What is yours?  Contact me if you need help with this.

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