Educators at my school have worked hard during the past few years at deepening our understanding of inquiry learning, developing learner-centred practices, encouraging our learners to take ownership of their learning and building communities of learners which include the teachers as much as students.
But what do the parents think?
While most of our parents are overwhelmingly positive, at least one parent (so far) thinks this it’s a terrible idea…
“The concept of a ‘community of learners’ is terrific in theory, but in practice it:
1) creates a blurred line between those who are supposed to be in positions of authority (teachers, parents etc..) and those who are not (students); and has taught my children to have a voice without teaching them that it is not always appropriate to have a voice and that sometimes their views are not being sought.
2) results in the breakdown of classroom structure, with children treating teachers as they would peers and failing to show an understanding of, or respect for, the status and authority of the teacher.”
So now I am wondering…
- Why would this parent send their children to a PYP school?
- What do the children say at home to give parents this impression?
- Have we failed to help some of our parents understand our beliefs about learning?
- How do we educate parents whose vision of learning is based on when they went to school themselves?