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The Big Picture: Education is Everyone's Business

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Transcript of The Big Picture: Education is Everyone's Business

Is it
possible
to design a public school where students have the highest rates of college acceptance in the state?
Question:
"The kids must come first. There is no other way." (Littky, 2004, p. xiv).
Question:
by Dennis Littky
The Big Picture:
Education is Everyone's Business
Is it
possible
to design a school where students are prepared for college and for life?
Yes, it is
possible
.
Is it
possible
to design a public school where students have the highest rates of attendance in the state?
Yes, it is
possible
.
Yes, it is
possible
.
Is it
possible
to reform a school system where principals and district administrators actually do something and change the way school is run instead of just talking about it?
Yes, it is
possible
.
Is it
possible
to reform teachers to the point where they impart a passion for learning to their students?
Yes, it is
possible
.
Is it
possible
to motivate children so that they want to take control over their own learning.
Yes, it is
possible
.
Is it
possible
to reform a school where parents are truly engaged in their children's educations and are true partners in the process?
The book is about educating . . .
Is it
possible
to completely overhaul the entire structure of a school system?
Yes, it is
possible
.
Yes, it is
possible
.
"Change is not onl
y
possible
,
"No matter who you are or what role you play in the local school or education system, you can effect change" (Littky, 2004, p. 197).
"Education is everyone's business."
(Littky, 2004, p. 200).
For Dennis Littky, it was not only
possible
, but those possibilities became a reality.
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With The Big Picture, you see how one man decided to
be
about change instead of just talking about it.
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"Some of the best curricular innovations . . . are developed by teachers from their own passion or expertise . . ." (McNeil, 2003, p. 5).
"In some ways, society is going back to the earlier period when people could learn what they wanted to learn from any source at any time" (McNeil, 2003, p. 7).
Many time, teachers of marginalized students get the traditional dumbed-down materials. (McNeil, 2003, p. 21).
With the constructivist pedagogy, developing curriculum with students stimulates the interactions among them so that more powerful learning occurs (McNeil, 2003, p. 27).
His constructivist approach was concerned with uncovering the student's thinking (McNeil, 2003, p. 39).
In Chapter 1 Littky describes what it means to be educated, and he points out that learning should be more than memorizing.
In Chapter 2 Littky explains how learning is about the 3 R's - relationships, rigor, and relevance, and he stresses that schools must teach to the mind as well as the heart.
In Chapter 3 Littky explains how their school uses an advisory team comprised of one teacher with a small group of students so that there is at least one person looking out for any given student at the school.
In Chapter 4 Littky elaborates on his philosophy of one student at a time. He states that schools should start with the student - not subjects or classes.
In Chapter 5 Littky explains how kids should be allowed to learn through their own interests so that they are more motivated to learn.
In Chapter 6 Littky talks about how students complete activities that have real meaning for the students.
In Chapter 7 Littky describes how they help parents to become an integral part of and take control of their child's education.
In Chapters 8 and 8 1/2 Littky makes a claim for doing away with letter grades, and he also has a problem with standardized testing that perpetuates a "one-size fits all" system.
In Chapter 9 Littky stresses that complaining about problems does not solve anything. Instead, problems should be looked at as opportunities for change.
Dennis Littky proved that . . .
one
student
at
a
time.
it is necessary." (LIttky, 2004, p. 184).
Action, not regurgitation, should be the focus. Greene, 2010.
We don't teach content. We teach human beings. Greene, 2009.
"We must be mindful of who the users are and design so that they are all maximally engaged and productive" (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005, p. 191).
We, as teachers, should be about educating the whole child. Darling-Hammond, 2012.
References
Darling-Hammond, L. (2012, March 15).
On creating a collaborative classroom
[Video file]. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=giYs1r9Lqwo
Greene, K. (2010, July 27).
The 6 facets ubd the abcs of curriculum design
[Video file]. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=byeeTbA4eR0
Greene, K. (2012, September 5).
ABCs II
[Video file]. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaoKbFyLfHM
Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (2005).
Understanding by design
. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
McNeil, J. D. (2003).
Curriculum: The teacher's initiative
. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.
Littky, D. (2004)
Education is everyone's business
. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
the strategies
the negative self-fulfilling prophecies
the attitude that nothing can be done
the notion that none of us is strong enough
the idea that it is the way it's always been
the thought that curriculum is a one-size fits all
the system of education
In the words of Dennis Littky, it's time to change . . .
The

Big Picture: Education is Everyone's Business

... a
must read
if you want to
be
about change.
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