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Again. People are talking about the VARK on my campus again. Even though much research has discredited the VARK, I still like it, the same way I like astrology, Tarot cards, and other personality tests. Of course, these things can define people once we buy into them too much, and any typography can become rigidified (“hardening of the categories”). Lately,…
I visited the Labyrinth of the Limberlost today. It was partially covered in snow, so I couldn’t walk it. Can’t wait until spring.
Look, let’s be frank. Some schools swear by the VARK. Some researches say the VARK has been disproven or no research has substantiated it. Due to my own academic training, which emphasized the metatheoretical and critical, I believe that something is useful and super-awesome until it’s not. To me, the VARK makes total sense, and whether or not it’s a legitimate framework or voodoo is irrelevant. There are other frameworks that I overlay with the VARK when I teach, but the VARK is language people understand. The problem, the MAIN problem is when teachers are unwilling to engage in pedagogy at all. They teach entirely from anecdote and subjectivity, and their teaching is solipsistic: “I know it when I see it,” and, secretly, “I teach to the way I learn best.” That, to me, is the most devastating to the classroom learning environment. I just needed to get that off my chest. Whew.