"I don't really know..
Show me what you are reading?
Looking at the world of school through the eyes of a 16-year-old boy informs my teaching. Imagine if our Ed Reformers, policy makers, and legislators could look at their reforms through the eyes of 16-year-olds? Only in the era of high-stakes testing would looking at the world through the eyes of a 16-year-old be radical. Getting back to the social justice site. It was a search engine for peer reviewed articles on social justice. Being 61 year-old I found it somewhat interesting, but at 61 everything seems interesting to me these days. I asked him if his class was reading any connected books or stories about social justice...
Do you talk about them?
What is everyone saying?
"Just a bunch boring five paragraph stuff.
Boring in college you'll have to write essay stuff."
" Don't know much about history
Now, I don't claim to be an "A" student,
It's hard to be a teacher in this Common Core no textbook river where the purpose of school is to go to college. Not why, just go to college.
We never read Alfred Lord Tennyson's Forward Rode the Light Brigade to go to college. We embedded into our hearts Tennyson's line "Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die." We learn something about ourselves in those lines. Our teachers filled our hearts with a greater purpose than going to college. Our teachers had something else in mind, and to be honest in my high school most of us weren't going to college. These days a great deal of high school is not to reason, but to do and die. There are millions of young minds dying in public schools driven by high-stakes testing and standards without personal purpose.
Purpose, inquiry, and personal investment are not required in state mandated reasoning.
I can't wait to talk with his teacher. We have some real possible learning hooks here. Personal purpose, inquiry, liberation, and revolution. The waters might be different, and I might not be the same man, but in many ways it's always about my generation...Not to throw us off track, but the "Who" knew this river as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN5zw04WxCc It's aways about my generation people. Dr. Turner is going to be a guest not that classroom next week, and hopefully together with his teacher we''ll turn those water into medical revolution.
Crossing generation borders is one of those exciting teacher conversation stuff that informs great teachers. It's the genuine stuff teachers like to talk about. We don't need another Common Core PD workshop; we just need time and each other. I am going back armed with history of the 1968 Chicano student walkouts. If that doesn't work we'll keep going back until we find something that does. It's what teaching is all about. At least it was until curriculum became scripted, standards became benchmarks, and testing became everything.
It's not his teacher's fault, but it is someones fault when high school students have had no history classes in middle school, and have no history class in high school now. Welcome to the revolution of history matters. In my day, history mattered enough to be called history, and my high school history teacher use the 1968 Chicano student walk outs to inspired a walk in to learning for us. Can't wait to step back into that river.
If you like to listen to the tune I listened to on my walk this cold snow flake morning...its Sam Cooke's "wonderful World"