This group continues to amaze me,” he said of the letter-writers, “that they would pit core knowledge against 21st-century skills, when our students need both. … I have witnessed first- hand teachers using 21st-century skills and new technology to enhance the teaching of core subjects. To relegate today’s students to rows of desks, a teacher at the front of the classroom espousing content, and a textbook with paper and pencil is to guarantee that our students will be left with the lowest skills and the lowest-paying jobs.”
So a rich, well-rounded core curriculum means kids in rows, and a teacher in the front of the room droning on from a textbook? Says who? Visit a Core Knowledge school, Mr. Wilson. Over half of them are public schools. You’ll see some dynamic teaching and learning going on, not the picture of 19th century drudgery you paint. You know what else you’ll see in some of those schools?
You’re forgiven for not recognizing them, though. They’re not standing at the front of the classroom, droning on from textbooks to neat rows of students.
Here’s what continues to amaze me: that people who should know better equate a robust curriculum with boring teaching. And that a leader of our largest teachers union would bash teachers as mindless automatons.