After reviewing a great student Prezi presentation, made available on Twitter by Dr. Joe Pisano (http://mustech.net/2012/02/school-attitudes-pinterest/), I decided to review the Highlights of the 2011 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll; What Americans said about the public schools.
I hope you visit each link and especially take some time with the Prezi....students work hard, we should spend time with their work! Then, read the summary.
One paragraph in particular really caught my attention:
We asked Americans if they favor using a more effectiveHave we lost sight of what teaching and learning is about JUST so we can stick to tradition? Do we really support our kids being taught by less effective teachers...period, regardless of delivery?
high school teacher who would offer instruction over the
Internet as opposed to a less effective teacher who was
physically in the classroom with students. Almost half of
Americans are open to the idea that higher quality instruction
trumped having a teacher present in the classroom.
The issue for me is not the format...the issue is the acceptance that we would answer this question any other way than to choose the most effective teachers. Are we really saying that if we had a choice between our students working with a teacher who has won recognition and awards as a great teacher, we would choose NOT to have our students work with them if given the choice simply because of the delivery option?