This is a reblogged post from another blog I maintain at http://www.studeelounge.com. Thanks!
I recently read comments on an article about a new platform that allows teachers to sell their lesson plans to teachers worldwide. In a response to the article, one person commented that the quality of student has decreased and others agreed with his assessment.
How dare we even talk about the “quality” of a student? A student comes to school as a “tabula rasa” (blank slate) and as teachers, we are responsible for developing a quality student.
An expectation of “student quality” suggests that some students are predisposed to successfully complete the teacher’s work and others are not. Thus if they do not succeed in a particular teacher’s classroom then it must be the student that is the problem. To be clear, I am not suggesting that students should be passive participants nor that all the responsibility for learning rests on the teacher.
There is a line by Mr. Miyagi…
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