Sara McGrath, author of A Lifestyle of Learning, writes for the Seattle-area Unschooling Examiner; a recent post is titled “Seattle education reformer on the negative reality of schools”:
Last week, educational theorist and school reformer John Goodlad of the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle featured in the first of three guest articles on The Washington Post education blog, The Answer Sheet. This second article, “Straight Talk About Schools,” began with this statement:
“Schools are not our major educators. Adding hours, days, and even weeks will not make them so.”
Current educational reform proposals call for longer school days.
Goodlad proposes that the role of government in education reform should not be to develop a mission for schools, but rather to fund regional centers that “provide comprehensive renewing inventories to assist local schools and communities in selecting from the richness of this planet what is important and compelling for the educational trajectory of the young.”
It’s an interesting post, exploring the negativity and the potential for change in our schools, and with links to Goodlad’s articles.