Published Online: June 7, 2010
Published in Print: June 9, 2010, as American Education: All Talk, No Innovation?

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American Education: All Talk, No Innovation?

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To the Editor:

Maybe we’re all talk? So an English teacher (actually her school’s department head) from a country on the other side of the globe visits several suburban high schools in Ohio, schools that are considered among the higher-quality schools in the area. And she asks me after her visits, “Why am I being taught throughout my staff-development work back home that American schools engage students, utilize interactive lessons, and have reduced lecture-style teaching?” She said that during her two weeks in American high school classrooms, all she saw was teachers talking to students, lecturing them, and students sitting passively listening to teachers. I had no answer.

True, the foreign visitor saw only a snapshot of instruction in these schools. But just as true is that in her unannounced, non-evaluative pop-ins, maybe she saw what really happens daily in our high school classrooms. Maybe the exception is an engaged student-centered lesson, and the rule is old-fashioned teacher-centered lecture, with downtime at the beginning and end of class.

Do you ever wonder if we talk a good lesson but don’t really produce too many of them?

Jerry Brodsky
Founder
American Educational Consultants
Beachwood, Ohio

Vol. 29, Issue 33, Page 31

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