How to make high schools better for students
Below from Jal Mehta, an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Sarah Fine, who (@sarahmfine) runs a teacher preparation program at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education in San Diego.
They are the authors of "In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School."
“… In order to make these kinds of experiences more common, schools should start by slowing down.
They could offer fewer subjects in longer blocks, give students more choice over what they learn, and empower students as participants in doing the work of the fields as opposed to simply receiving knowledge.
In turn, teachers need powerful learning opportunities that parallel the ones we aim to create for students.
We know what adolescents need: opportunities to do meaningful work in the company of peers, under the supervision of competent and caring adults.
This is what parents want for their children and it is consistent with what science and experience tell us about learning. Why can’t we do this in our schools?