There is a perception about innovation that is somewhat demeaning to teachers. It's the idea that Daniel Pink or Sir Ken Robinson or Robert Marzano are the ones who can tell us how schools need to change. It's the idea that teachers just need more professional development, more coaching and more resources. It's easy to see this perception in the corporate education reformers. Rhee and Duncan praise teachers while also pushing for measures that reduce professional autonomy and place reform at the mantel of experts who have never spent any time in an actual classroom. However, I noticed a similar issue in reading some of the #educon tweets and in engaging with a debate about "blowing up the system" on Twitter this last Saturday morning. It's the idea that maybe teachers don't matter. Maybe we need experts from the outside to push reform. Maybe what's stifling teachers is a lack of technological and pedagogical expertise.
Via No Child Held Back