In these times, when education is malformed into a training space for workers who will waste 8 hours, more or less, of their lives 5 days a week…

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bergerIn these times, when education is malformed into a training space for workers who will waste 8 hours, more or less, of their lives 5 days a week, Ron Berger’s experience of teaching in a small school is a story of hope. Reading about how Berger dealt with different students in different ways, one thinks how foolish those businessmen, mayors, reformers are who think that education can be narrowed down to standardised data and techniques. Standardization may be possible at an industrial sweatshop, to the detriment of its workers, but teachers cannot reject the diversity of “raw material”, their students, no matter their initial condition. In this context, standardisation is an impossibility. Ron Berger, fortunately, experienced a school atmosphere very different from what urban school teachers experience. He had more of an agency in shaping his classroom. He was able to have his students develop portfolios that were well-paced visioning…

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