21 Sep '14

News Group work is overused in schools, and in my experience it stifles good ideas

What happened to quiet reflection? Too much group work and teaching to exams crushes intellectual thought, says teacher Diana SenechalDiana Senechal is a philosophy teacher and co-ordinator at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering in New York. She is the author of the book Republic of Noise: The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture. I grew up in a family of professors. I was surrounded by teachers and when I graduated I was keen not to follow a predictable path. Even though I was drawn to teaching, I wanted to see a bit more of the world first so I worked in various fields, including counselling, publishing and computer programming. Then my resistance broke down and the reasons I had for not teaching no longer applied I hadnt followed the route that was expected of me. Continue reading...

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