D.J. Tice on teachers: The student was flailing, the teacher appeared

  • Article by: D.J. TICE
  • Updated: June 12, 2010 - 6:49 PM
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futuricsJun. 13, 1010:38 AM

the bounds of a cheeks-in-classroom-seats school building with its one-size-fits-all curricula and its overblown valuing of standardized tests. Notice too, that the student was taken AWAY from his distractive and confidence-sapping cohort of age peers. Notice as well, that the teacher essentially designed an individualized course of instruction, tailored to D.J. as an individual learner. It is 2010. We have the ability and the technology to design highly individualized learning systems for all our students. Yet, we stubbornly cling to an antiquated, age-cohort, lock-step system more suited to the needs of the robotic industrial-age than the 21st Century. And then we sit back and wring our hands that our students are failing. Yet, the Teachers Mafia and the credulous parents they have duped, want us to throw more and more money at what is not working. This Mr. Englund wisely removed the obstacles to D.J.'s learning. We need to also get wise and realize that our archaic system of schooling *is* the obstacle and thus, needs removing.

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HendrayJun. 13, 10 1:28 PM

Mr. Englund was a real saint, in appreciating your situation, and in the discreet manner he handled it. I think there is a pretty good chance he was in your shoes some years earlier. God bless the man. But little D.J. deserves credit too. He could have spurned the offer, but no, he bravely went for it and in the process learned something - above and beyond how to get up on water skis. And I have no doubt that little ones in your life have benefited from your experience. A great column, D.J. Thanks for the lift.

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galtierAug. 27, 10 6:40 AM

Thanks for this great report on the power of kindness. This specific lesson here is most useful for parents in their foremost role as teachers.

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