Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Back in the days of the eduSource project I used to have a slogan: "enable, don't require." That should be, I think, the watchword for any work on equity. "When SoR advocates call for 'all students must' (for example, systematic intensive phonics for all students and universal screening for dyslexia), they are misrepresenting what we know about teaching and learning: There is no universal silver bullet for 'all students.' Best practice structures promote research and evidence as a spectrum, a range of practices for every teacher’s toolbox; best practice also recommends that instruction begin with individual students, their demonstrated known, unknown, and misconceptions."

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