Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Student Responsibility for Learning - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week

Student Responsibility for Learning - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week:

 "Reformers emphasize that teachers are the most important in-school factor in learning. Up to a point, that view is accurate. But it doesn't tell the whole story by a long shot.

In a frank essay, Will Fitzhugh criticized reformers who let students off the hook ("It's the Students, Stupid," The Concord Review, Mar. 16). "Their inability to control themselves and behave with courtesy and respect for their teacher and their fellow students frequently degrades and can even disintegrate the academic integrity of the class, which damages not only their own chance to learn, but prevents all their classmates from learning as well." I can't think of a better way of understanding what happens far too often."


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