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  •  As a parent, I would say pressure... (1+ / 0-)
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    1. Young people to demand a real say in how their schools are run and to take charge of the direction of their own learning.

    2. Parents to opt their kids out of standardized testing and to support their kids in item #1 above.

    3. Teachers to rethink their factory mentality of "labor and management" and assert real control of their profession and their schools, including resisting some of the increasing standardization and regimentation from their districts and states.  Also to adopt a "guide on the side" rather than "sage on the stage" approach to their teaching.

    4. Principals to adopt a facilitative rather than directive approach to their leadership and encourage teachers and students in their schools to get involved in the real school governance process.  Also to push back on mandates from above on curriculum, methodology and other bureaucratic mandates.

    5. District leadership to open public schools that are truly "alternative", including holistic schools (based on Waldorf, Montessori & Dewey), with alternative curricula (like Critical Pedagogy) and even democratic-free schools where students direct their own learning.  I'm sure they'll give you a bunch of reasons why they can't, due to standardization, but still lobby.

    6. State leadership to back off on standardization and regimentation of education.  Allow individual schools more "self rule" by backing off (rather than pushing further) on standardized curriculum and educational practices.  Also urge state leaders to resist NCLB compliance or caving to coercive waivers to get out of NCLB provisions.

    7. The big education-industrial complex vendors from continuing to push for a one-size-fits-all school system to better make education systems easy markets for their textbooks and testing protocols.

    In general, resist everything that has to do with standardizing education and standardizing young people and their development process.

    Cooper Zale Los Angeles

    by leftyparent on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 04:18:17 PM PDT

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