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.
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In connection with my previous post about Irish cops, here’s this interesting read from the Zinn History Project on erasing Irish-American History, for St. Patrick’s Day: http://zinnedproject.org/2012/03/the-real-irish-american-story-not-taught-in-schools/