Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

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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