However, during the entire day, I kept thinking that the advice, recommendations, and council, of these politicians, business leaders, non-profit group leaders, and policy creators suggested types of activities that lead to very different classrooms than those that have been created in an age of accountability and constant standardized testing. In fact, the pre-lunch activity was a presentation by ToeTag Monologues which allowed students to present stories that depict issues that, if not confronted and solved, might result in the application of toe tags on too many of the children and adolescents that attend our schools. Throughout the afternoon key participants talked about the power of these monologues. Ironically, the activities that produce these monologues-and other participatory activities like them-require planning, writing, rewriting, collaboration, presentation, cross-curriculum understanding, and critical thinking, but are minimized or deleted entirely in classrooms that are driven by scripted curriculum, test preparation, and endless rounds of standardized tests.
Until next week.