Raymond J. McNulty calls for ‘Next Practice’ in education in the Washington Post

March 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

It’s nice to see your language getting traction – and totally unexpected to see the Innovation Unit’s concept of Next Practice turn up in the Washington Post!

It’s a piece about the importance of stretching beyond the ‘evidence base’ in tackling the intractable challenges facing education today. Here’s a quote:

Introducing truly novel ideas means considering something so new that it has not been proven to work. Critics will say we shouldn’t be experimenting on our young people, and I’m not suggesting we ditch our best practices and research-based strategies. Hard data is an important component in the school-improvement process.

But if the current system isn’t working, then we should do what innovators and entrepreneurs have done since the dawn of humanity — try something different. Any educator knows that some of the latest research-based best practices come out of a 20th century classroom. Most of them are textbook driven, classroom driven, and teacher directed. That type of classroom is not a reflection of the future, so we have to break away from some of the research-based best practices and use what the business world and a few education leaders refer to as “next practices.”

via The Answer Sheet – Why schools should try things not “research-based”.


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