We Should Not Deny Teachers the Opportunity to Excel
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Barber, M. & Phillips, V. Journal of Educational Change (2000) 1: 277. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1010064308012
Our new representative to the school board in Fairfax County, Dr. Ricardy Anderson, recently shared the following on Facebook.
Carol Tomlinson, Virginia' Teacher of the Year in 1974, has this to say with regard to segregating students according to what we perceive as their academic ability. First, there are two myths. The first one is that we could create a homogeneous class. The second one is that tracking is good for students. Both are not true. Believing in both myths simply means not knowing what a teacher should do inside a classroom.
"For the most part, our entire education system is set up to separate children into what we think are relatively homogeneous groups and teach them with uniformity so they can perform adequately on standardized tests. But what we know is that teaching first with the student in mind and giving a diverse group of students the opportunity to work together and learn to appreciate each other increases the learning outcomes for all of the students." - Carol Tomlinson
Sadly, there are those who believe otherwise. A current member of the school board sadly points out that a consultant hired by the county to help decide on its advanced academic program maintains that there is no proof that excellence and equity go hand in hand:
On the other hand, Barber and Philips also talk about a second fusion that is required for progress and performance:
Equity of opportunity for all: the fusion of equity and diversity; ensuring that all children have access to a good education which meets their needs and aspirations regardless of where they live in the community, or in what community they live.Research tells us so, but common sense does too. When we deny teachers the opportunity to excel, we likewise deny students their opportunity to excel.
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A Villar - Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 2017