How many times have we heard our students protest, “It’s not my fault!”
Our students make all kind of excuses but to be fair so do we. One of the greatest excuses both teachers and students alike make is that It’s not my fault.
I have returned home from 10 days touring New Zealand speaking to a number of great teachers who are doing some very innovative things in the classroom.
It was interesting for me that many of the teachers were deeply concerned about the education system as a whole and the affect it was having on their teaching. They were asking some great questions. Questions such as:
- What role do you think poverty plays in student performance?
- Where should we draw the line with internet censorship and blocking of content
- What do we do when parents have unrealistic expectations that have been fed by the media
The more we discussed these issues, the more certain I became of my response.