One of the most peculiar buzz-phrases of the day in public education is "student-centered learning". It puzzles me that this seems to be a revelation. If I walked up to Joan Q. Public on the street who didn't work in the field of education and asked her a question like "What do you think about the exciting movement of the current system of education toward "student-centered learning?", I am quite confident that a quizzical look would pass over the person’s face, and they would respond with something like "If it isn't centered on students, what IS it focused on?". It would not be a huge stretch of the imagination that people who send their children to schools of today and pay taxes to fund our education system have the basic expectation that the focus of schools should be (GASP!) students. I believe they are right. Students (and their parents) are our clients, and we are here to serve them. Yet oftentimes, these very clients are overlooked in terms of the valuable input and feedback they can provide us about our schools.
|Students using their "voice"!|