Traditional practices are not going anywhere

John Kenny Blog

Society likes to question why teachers hang on to tradition. Why have schools not progressed, a politician may ask, when the rest of society has moved on?  It seems to bother society that, in education, tradition just won’t seem to die. Targets in these debates tend to be what we teach (the specific types of knowledge and skills we pass on) and how we teach (most often, the layout of the classroom and the pedagogy this encourages). Neither has shifted too much over a long period of time – teachers still teach concepts and skills taught 100 years ago, and many still teach in rows.

There is a very good reason for this, of which many teachers understand, but the debate definitely isn’t settled within education. There are, alas, some teachers who embody the same type of thinking as others in society: that an ever-changing world necessitates a change in the…

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