What Would a ‘Slow Education Movement’ Look Like?

| August 26, 2014 | 5 Comments
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Shelley Wright/PLPNetwork

Shelley Wright/PLPNetwork

The many incredible innovations of the 20th century have sped up the pace of life in addition to giving many people more access to information and communication tools.  The anytime/anywhere learning made possible by mobile technology and the internet hold great potential for new ways of teaching, but some educators worry that the emphasis on efficiency and instant access is having a negative impact on some of the core tenets of education. In her Powerful Learning Practice Network article educator Shelley Wright advocates for a “slow education” movement that takes time to value human connection, curiosity and a love of learning.

“So what does the Slow Movement mean for education? It asks us to reimagine what it means to be a community of learners. It requires us to embrace the organic messiness of learning. It requires admitting that a large part of what is happening isn’t good for our children, our teachers, or our communities. Rather than a top down industrialized and homogenized assembly line, we need a grass roots Slow Education movement that takes into account what real learning looks like and why children really need to learn more slowly, freely and thoroughly.”

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  • Akira Bear

    The problem is, as I see it, that oligarch profiteers have commandeered the public school system in order to further schools-for-profit. Please notice that none of the Common Core initiatives are what they are demanding for their own children’s private schools. Common Core is designed to make students fail and to frustrate them and their families. Tying teacher evaluations in to test scores is designed to marginalize veteran teachers. Unless we stand up and fight now, we will never get a slow education movement, which would be wonderful. Diane Ravitch predicts that in 15 more years of this, there will be no public schools left.

    • Guest

      Sounds to me like you don’t really know what “Standards” are.

      • Akira Bear

        I know very well what standards are, as we have always had standards. The problem is that now the standards are so developmentally inappropriate. And I cannot believe, when I look at the totality of CCSS and what it represents in our schools, that this inappropriateness is an accident.

        You don’t like what I have said here so you think insulting me will get me to shut down. Your response is smarmy.

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