Friday, October 3, 2008

Time to take a step back and THINK.

It's so easy to get caught up in the American public school system. I recently had a conversation with one of my coworkers who grew up overseas. She told me stories of small class sizes (10-12 students), experiential learning, in-depth social studies lessons from the perspective of several different cultures, art classes where she drew her own Picasso painting, PE, library classes, computer classes, and field trips. Am I part of the problem as I teach from within this system? I always tell my students that 1 person can make a difference. Sometimes its difficult to be the 1.

4 comments:

Tracy Rosen said...

This is a brilliant little video. Where did you find it? I want to show this to my students. And I want to talk about how much I hate exams and report cards. But in a way that doesn't make them not take them seriously because, malgré tout...umm...in spite of it all, their goal - graduating from high school - hinges on them.

Conundrum...

Monarch's Librarian said...

I found it here http://www.neticons.net/music_life/ but you can google "Alan Watts" and you will find plenty of his work on Youtube and Google Video.

Mr Wood said...

Thank you for introducing me to this video, it really says it so simply and honestly.

Monarch's Librarian said...

You are welcome. I need to revisit this video often. Thanks for bringing it back into my view.