Can He SAY That?!

Can we all admit that K-12 students aren’t *always* the best judge of what is best for them? We have to value, but temper, their wants. — Chris Lehmann, via Twitter.

Chris has been wandering way off message lately:

I think we have to understand that what we need is evolutionary change. But that’s not as sexy, it’s hard to get as impassioned about it, and the evolutionary change is, I believe, harder. It’s a quieter reform. It’s a more measured, scholarly approach that requires careful, thoughtful movement. It requires us to honor and learn from those who came before us. But it also allows us to innovate and change without quite as much upheaval and pain for those who are undergoing the change. — Chris Lehmann, “Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary.”

Someone admit this guy to a deprogramming facility pronto.

About 
I'm Dan and this is my blog. I'm a former high school teacher, former graduate student, and current head of teaching at Desmos. More here.

5 Comments

  1. Paul B

    June 30, 2008 - 2:27 am

    On the other hand. Evolution without an occasional bout of revolution, most often leads to dead ends.

    Witness the dino to mammal revolution.

    Witness the land line to cell phone revolution.

    All change is derived from stress. If you don’t have enough stress you won’t get change. If all you do is baby steps you may never get to pole vaulting.

  2. Jenny Luca

    June 30, 2008 - 5:01 am

    Hi Dan,
    Just discovered your blog via Alec Couras’ post about you and your reflection using vimeo. Very impressive – really great to see a young teacher employing the technology really well to make the learning better. I was wondering where all the young teachers were in the edublogosphere – great to discover you.
    Jenny Luca. (not young!- 42 – and from Melbourne, Australia.)

  3. dan

    June 30, 2008 - 9:46 am

    Hi Jenny thanks for stopping by. It’s great that in this faculty room called the Internet, young and old can chat on more-or-less equal footing. I hope you’ll weigh in on future videos — every Wednesday.

  4. Benjamin Baxter

    June 30, 2008 - 10:56 am

    Chris’ quote made me laugh. Well said, sir.

  5. Chris Lehmann

    June 30, 2008 - 10:45 pm

    Hey… I’ve always been saying stuff like this. :)