I’ve been intrigued by the emails, PLN messages and blog posts floating around about the latest edubuzz book, The Game of School by Robert Fried. Dr. Scott McLeod over at Dangerously Irrelevant has been posting quotes from the book and one caught my eye this morning.
We have opted not to create schools as places where children’s curiosity, sensory awareness, power, and communication can flourish, but rather to erect temples of knowledge where we sit them down, tell them a lot of stuff we think is important, try to control their restless curiosity, and test them to see how well they’ve listened to us. (pp. 58–59)
I spent most of the day talking with middle school teachers about effective ways to engage history students. Hopefully, teachers left “opting” to do the opposite of what Fried talks about – creating problem based history units, practicing engaging hook activities and using 21st century tools to encourage student conversation.
I’m still convinced that it is possible. Not easy perhaps but possible. But I’m also convinced that we have no choice.