Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Larry Cuban, National Education Policy Center, Sept 19, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Larry Cuban offers four points based on his work with schools:

  • No single way of teaching works best with all students.
  • Small and slow changes in classroom practice occur often. Fundamental and rapid changes in practice seldom happen.
  • School structures influence instruction.
  • No instructional reform imposed upon teachers has been adopted by most teachers and used in lessons as intended.

These are probably all true - they certainly seem true to me, and nothing I've seen really counters any of them. But this is the reason why I think that educational reform, however it's defined, will take place outside schools. For some, this means charter schools (not a measure I support). For others (such as myself) this means the provisioning of informal learning opportunities.

 

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