CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - With the residue of the teacher strike
still looming large in the minds of parents, teachers and students
alike, the question still remains as to whether the new CPS contract is
actually taking upon its initial plan of bringing about the proper
curriculum reform needed to help children become better students.
"Far too often, the discussion falls into simple, dichotomous
categories: long-days good, short days bad; high standards good, low
standards bad; 'reform' good, unions bad. My concern is that we are
having a conversation in which positions are being taken based on
unchallenged and false assumptions," said author Theodore Richards.
Richards, an educator and award winning author whose content focuses on
educational matters, believes that although the strike was necessary in
order to reflect on current curriculum procedures that weren't working,
an opportunity was missed on finding ways to best evaluate student
"Preparing kids for tests does not give them the critical and creative
capacities that they need in college and beyond," said Richards.
In his book, Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement Manifesto, Richards touches on an alternative that does not position test scores
as a primary barometer on measuring intellectual ability. Instead, his
Creatively Maladjusted concept argues that test scores can under-value
learning ability and demote creative thinking. Richards' book is
personified through his non-profit organization, The Chicago Wisdom
Project, based in the south side of Chicago, which focuses on
stimulating the mind creatively and intellectually.
"We are seeking to empower our students to ask difficult questions, to
challenge assumptions, to be creators rather than consumers of
culture," said Richards.
Richards believes that this re-imagined way of educating will not only
raise test scores, but also encourage future generations to think more
independently rather than just systematically.
"[Chicago Wisdom Project] kids are required to have the kinds of
conversations they would have in a college classroom. They step out of
their comfort zone and become involved in different communities. This
gives them confidence to express and explore the world for themselves,"
Published by Hiraeth Press, Richard's Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement Manifesto is scheduled for release by March 10, 2013.
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