9 Elephants in the room

At first I wasn’t for sure what to think about this article or what to write this blog post about. Just looking at the name had me confused. First I did a little research on the name because it was a little strange to me. In the website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_in_the_room it says, “Elephant in the room is an English-language metaphorical idiom for an obvious problem or risk that no one wants to discuss, or a condition of groupthink that no one wants to challenge. It is based on the idea/thought that something as conspicuous as an elephant can appear to be overlooked in codified social interactions, and that the sociology/psychology of repression also operates on the macro scale.” I thought that was very educational because I didn’t know that. I did the approach of what I learned of this article.

In the website https://medium.com/modern-learning/9-elephants-in-the-class-room-that-should-unsettle-us-8335b2cef9aa it says, “We know that most of our students will forget most of the content that they “learn” in school. We know that most of our students are bored and disengaged in school. We know that deep, lasting learning requires conditions that schools and classrooms simply were not built for. We know that we’re not assessing many of the things that really matter for future success. We know that grades, not learning, are the outcomes that students and parents are most interested in. We know that curriculum is just a guess. We know that separating learning into discrete subjects and time blocks is not the best way to prepare kids for the real world. We know (I think) that the system of education as currently constructed is not adequately preparing kids for what follows if and when they graduate. And finally, we know that learning that sticks is usually learned informally, that explicit knowledge accounts for very little of our success in most professions.

Sunset

In the website https://medium.com/modern-learning/9-elephants-in-the-class-room-that-should-unsettle-us-8335b2cef9aa it says, “When I really try to square what I believe about how kids learn and what we practice in our classrooms, it unsettles me.”

Those were the “9 elephants in the room”. Which really surprised me. I actually never would have thought of these things. Maybe that is why they call it the 9 elephants in the room. In the website https://medium.com/modern-learning/9-elephants-in-the-class-room-that-should-unsettle-us-8335b2cef9aa it says, “I’ve been collecting a list of these “things that we don’t really want to talk about in education” in hopes that it might challenge us to bring those elephants out into the open and ignite some much needed conversation about how to deal with them.” I hope that I really informed you and a few new things that you didn’t know about.

Thanks for reading!

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