Like an itch that won't go away, I feel the constant urge to ask myself, my teachers, my children's teachers these questions as we begin a new school year:
- In your class/school, when do students get a chance to make make decisions? When could students get to make decisions?
- How would student performance differ if we gave students the final exam from last year again right now? Is that okay? Why?
- Is relying on assessments that measure a student's ability to memorize information just a way to reinforce our culture's need for immediate/short term rewards and therefore are an embodiment to reinforce our culture's hierarchy and status quo?
- What would students learn if we didn't give grades? What about educators?
As always, I would love to get your feedback.
Thanks for reading.