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I can’t teach properly

I can’t teach properly: “The role of a traditional teacher is basically one of learning administrator. Standardization, not creativity, is the key. So long as books look neat and are filled with ‘information’ and students do reasonably well on tests, everything is OK…The reason that teachers don’t rebel against the whole system is because they don’t have time. Teachers, instead of being learning facilitators, are standardization enforcers, something that is anaethema to me.”
Heh. I think Doug gets to the heart of the problem – and an idea that I’ve heard expressed by many educators. Innovation requires experimentation. When our schedules are too full for experimentation (a vital activity for helping teachers/educators understand the affordances of social software), we end up in a role of validating the existing structures of learning…rather than pushing boundaries of education for the benefit of learners.