In this interesting piece, Tom Whitby makes an important observation:
“First, I must say that the real world for kids does not begin when they graduate. They are living in the real world now. Their world is quite different from ours. Their world is even more technology driven than ours. Schools cannot be protective cocoons holding our youth until they are matured and educated well enough to spread out their wings and take on the reality of the world. It makes a nice picture, but the subject today is reality.”
We do sometimes act as if life outside the classroom stands still while we are “preparing our students for the real world.” In fact, surviving or succeeding in public education is part of their real world. I believe what I do every day in school has critical consequences for my students. What about you?