In the opening line of the text Issues & Alternatives in Educational Philosophy, George Knight observes that “Mindlessness is the most pertinent and accurate criticism of American Education.” One of the reasons I like this description is that it can be interpreted from so many different points of view and all of them feel pretty accurate in my experience.
What I am hoping to explore together in this blog space is what individual teachers can do–actually really do–to help fight mindlessness in their own teaching practice. I hope to focus on our practice, because that’s what, at the end of the day, each one of us can control. I contend that if we nurture and sustain our own mindfulness as educators, this has the greatest potential to change the learning experiences of our students and maybe the practice of our colleagues, and even the work within our schools. I hope that others of you who are also interested in investigating these ideas will join us here, contribute, comment and share your practices with us.
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