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Compassionate hyperbole also misses the point
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on January 22, 2013|
|There is a huge chasm between citing Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development and concluding that schools must be abandoned to avoid victimizing children. “Grade level standards” defined by instructionally insensitive tests is indeed ignorant and unjustified. However, although all learning is individual learning, individuals can indeed be instructed in groups, and there are valid developmental bases for age-grouping in dealing with pre-adults. |
There are also common academic capabilities that individuals find beneficial. Even with the best of instruction, individuals acquire these capabilities at different rates, and there should indeed be llatitude/ choice in which capabilities are individually acquired. Our shortcoming currently lies in an inability to specify the “ thens” in “if-then” statements relating to the reliable enabling of ANY capability that has not yet been acquired. This shortcoming would prevail in any current “learning community” irrespective of its compassion. Calls for communities in the sky by and by are counter-productive.