When we don't define what we mean, we don't know where we are going. And never get there.
Livingston, NJ (PRWEB) June 05, 2013
June 5, 2013 is an important date for Geoffrey Caine, leading education consultant and author of 9 Skills for Listening to Life, and his campaign against ‘learning.’ Along with other leaders in education, he was invited as a featured speaker at the Advanced Learning Conference in Canada, hosted by Connecting & Learning Now!. His presentation is titled, “Multiple Dimensions of Knowledge and the Differing Uses of Technology.”
His campaign against ‘learning’ challenges the use of the term while arguing that the gross misuse of the word is one of the single biggest obstacles to improving education.
Mr. Caine says, “When we don’t define what we mean, we don’t know where we are going. And never get there.” The term ‘learning’ has various meanings and the misuse of it stifles reformers’ efforts to improve education. Seeing this problem, Mr. Caine has developed a set of 11 sentences that uses the term in its various meanings.
One of the most egregious examples of this shortsightedness was in the law No Child Left Behind. He points out that “learning” is “used over 100 times in No Child Left Behind, but is never once defined. And everyone – educators, research scientists, politicians, non-profit executives, business men and women, journalists, politicians and parents – is equally responsible for the confusion.”
The campaign against ‘learning’ comes at an opportune time especially with Common Core Standards taking steam.
When asked about Common Core Standards and its emphasis on understanding ideas rather than remembering facts, Mr. Caine responded that “being able to use words like ‘understand’ does not mean that people actually know what they are doing. Many educators and those trying to improve education don’t get the difference between a fact and a concept. They don’t understand understanding.”
Along with his featured presentation at the Advanced Learning Conference, Mr. Caine has set up other means through which he will be able to educate those on his campaign against ‘learning.’ He is currently writing the second book of his The Listening Series and will be writing an article for The School Leadership Review, a peer reviewed educational leadership journal in Texas.
This campaign against ‘learning’ is, at large, a challenge to all educators and administrators of education; seeking to motivate them to not confuse high standards for standardization and be mindful and effective in their uses of the term ‘learning’ in their pursuit of education reform.
Mr. Caine is currently the Executive Director of Caine Learning, an educational consultant, learning coach, and inspiring writer. Follow Funderstanding on Twitter to keep up with Geoffrey Caine’s upcoming events and recent news regarding his educational campaign.
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