Thursday, January 3, 2008

Scripts vs. Protocols

Nice post from NYC Educator on scripted teaching. The point he comes close to but doesn't make outright, by mentioning doctors, is that what we need in education are protocols, rather than scripts. Doctors are certainly creative, adaptive, and so on--but they work within very clear protocols that have been approved by the profession at large. That is something we are utterly lacking. As the writer mentions, by referencing Charlier Parker, you have to have a set of agreed-upon fundamentals to start with, before you learn how to "riff."

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