The Case Against Class Schedules

Shawn Cornally wrote a great article for GOOD titled: “Why it’s Time to Lose Class Schedules

His argument against class schedules stems from the same problem that flipped classrooms and my project-based program are trying to fix: students cramming for tests and promptly dumping all the information they temporarily memorized.

Shawn puts it really well: “All of that planning teachers do to create beautifully succinct lessons is exactly where the deep thinking is happening. Students need to be a part of that.”

Involving students in the learning process is exactly where we need to get to in public and higher education.

He also writes: “Most likely you were graded on how well you reproduced a set of instructions the first time you tried it. That’s not how anyone really learns. Students need to know that things go wrong, and they need to be comfortable—dare I say happy—with failing and retrying.”

A trusted environment to fail! What a novel concept. This is one of the main themes I try to hit on when I’m talking to potential students in the project-based programs.

It’s nice to see educators on the front line thinking this way.

Read the whole article here:  Why it’s Time to Lose Class Schedules

Watch Cornally’s TEDx Talk here: The Future of Education Without Coercion

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