I have spent a lot of time in public classrooms lately, and noticed a strong degree of passivity required by teachers of students. I think this is sad and wrong. The Initiation Response Evaluation model is the model commonly seen in U.S. schools of a teacher initiating a question (with a predetermined 'right' answer in mind) the student responding, and the teacher evaluating the response. Young children associate having the 'right' answer with being 'good' and 'smart'. Sometimes a child will offer a very intelligent answer, but because it wasn't the answer the teacher was looking for she make the child feel wrong. I was talking to a group of third graders at recess who thought they had found gold. I asked a little boy what he was going to do with it. He said, "Buy a school." I asked what he was going to do with a school. He said, "Blow it up."
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