Choose a quotation related to education. It might be a quote from lecture, a quote from the list posted, or a quote you found independently. In a post, unpack that quote. Think about what it makes possible and impossible in education. What does it say about the teacher, about the student? How does it related to your own understandings of curriculum and of school?
This quote makes the student’s success possible and it disallows efficiency to be the main focus, because the child's independence is worked towards regardless of how long it takes. This quote, I think, is how all education systems should work; when a student can do the task/objective by themselves, without the teacher’s help, that is when they have learnt and when the teacher is considered successful. One of the purposes of education, I think, is to develop independence among students. Therefore, the focus is on the student more than the teacher. The teacher simply guides the student to be able to be successful at a task, alone. Maria Montessori stresses that the student has the confidence to learn and prove their learning. The teacher cannot give students the answers, he/she must help students.
I think this quote is a great measure of success for students and teachers. When students can do a task by themselves, they have succeeded in learning and the teacher has succeeded in teaching. The success within schools is possible because of both parties playing a role. Measuring success of both students and teachers is important to the school systems today, so I think this quote is relevant. In addition, the quote applies to students of all abilities and intellectual levels, which has become increasingly important in our society as we move closer to inclusion of all students. All students can become independent in a task/subject/etc. I believe that all students can learn and succeed, this quote shows how this is possible.
I have experienced this quote at my job at the Autism Centre. I have been working with a 5 year old boy for a year, so I have seen his progress. He was still being potty trained when I started working with him in May 2016, but with my help he has been building independence and has mastered this skill. Also, we have been working together to learn how to use a computer mouse. I needed to guide him through the steps for a few months, and now he no longer needs my help! This experience has shown me that my students need my guidance, and once they are independent, that is when the student and I have both succeeded.
To me, curriculum is difficult to define. Nonetheless, this quote is curriculum as process; the interactions between the teacher and student in the classroom are extremely important to work towards the students' success. The best learning relies on the teacher and student, together.
The only problem I have with the quote is that it uses the term ‘children’ to replace ‘students’. Although Montessori focused on early childhood education, I think ‘student’ would be better to capture that this quote is a goal for all students of all ages. Schools help to develop independent and responsible adults.