The pessimism and reluctance to change harboured by those around me are finally beginning to engulf me. I feel like I miss important details trying to focus on the big picture that is the implementation of a learner-centered system to facilitate learning. Specifically speaking, the detail that is ignored is the presence of tests. It is sad to accept for such an enthusiast for the dream design that teachers will always choose to follow coursebooks, and students will always expect to be spoonfed knowledge because there just isn’t enough time for autonomy and reflection. For this very reason which is the requirement to meet deadlines, nobody ever has the liberty to act as they are supposed to.
Tony Gurr mentions in his latest post that one of the teachers in a meeting exclaimed “Tiyatro oynuyoruz” (It is just a theatre play that we stage). Although I regret to write this, I cannot say I totally disagree with that teacher, for s/he touches upon a piece of reality that most people like me prefers not to see, hoping in vain that if we do not look at it, it will go away.
So what is supposed to be the action to take?
Honestly, I don’t know the answer. I have no idea who is right or if it is ever possible to change minds. All I can say is that I have been trying to make myself the change that I want to create in my context of teaching, but will I be of any influence at all on those who are right to play it safe? Or is it that we are only wasting our time, and it is never in our power to revolutionize learning because old habits will not just die as long as the examocracy prevails?