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The Tyranny of Curriculum by Shawn Cornally
East Side Prep is a new and innovative school located in Iowa. Shawn Cornally discusses the reasoning behind this new school and how it is effective. The school's primary focus is allowing the students to choose their curriculum and to create a project based off their interests. Cornally focuses on the idea that students don't like school, and he wanted to create a school that student's loved and would be sad to miss. And he believes that allowing students to choose what they learn will create a lovable learning environment. East Side Prep is a wonderfully innovative school that focuses on student individual passion and interests. As I watched Cornally's Ted Talk, I couldn't help but be enticed and found myself think of ways to incorporate such innovative teaching into my curriculum.
As a life long learner, I value new materials and new methods of teaching that involve student decisions and interests. I remember being in high school, and even college, and hating certain classes because the lessons were dry, the homework was tedious, and the teacher did not care about student interests. When I chose to become a teacher I wanted to value student interests and opinions and create innovative lessons that captured student attention and desire to learn. I adopted a progressive educational philosophy, which focuses on students individual needs above content and creates a classroom environment that students want to learn in. I believe that Cornally's school is based completely off the idea of progressive teaching.
Cornally discusses the idea that students hate school, and that they look forward to days off and look forward to Snow Days so that they do not have to attend their classes. And though you have to laugh about the trust in this statement, as an educator is is nothing but bereave me that students have come to loath their education so much. Cornally advocates that teachers and schools need to find ways to make students love school again. To do this educators and schools need to work together to create innovative teaching techniques that create a passion in students to want to learn. Many teachers may want to create and use these types of ideas in their classroom however they may be scared to implement these techniques in fear that the school, parents, or district may not approve. It is important for educators and schools to work together and organize a way to implement these techniques in the classroom.
The future of education needs to change and it is innovative teachers like Shawn Cornally that we need to look to as role models for the future change. Cornally argues that educators need to focus on helping students build skills that they can put on their resumes. By allowing students to have the opportunity to think, plan, and develop physical projects that can actually be used outside of the classroom will allow students to have something to write about on their college essays and add to their resumes. Teachers should focus on creating students who will go out and change the world rather than just forces students to participate in daily lessons of subjects that in reality do not matter to them. Innovative teachers who produce innovative thinkers, will create an innovative world.
Carnally, S. (2014, March 14) The Tyranny of the Curriculum [Video file]. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/aldMBgT6u-4?list=PLbRLdW37G3oMquOaC-HeUIt6CWk-FzaGp
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