My son will be starting kindergarten next year and while I understand it may be challenging to get 20 something kinders from point A to point B, should educators act like drill sergeants with students in the halls? What if my son is so excited about something he just learned and he is overjoyed to share with a friend as he walks down the hall only to be scolded, "Zero voices!" What message does that send? In my opinion, we are saying compliance is valued more than fostering the excitement for learning.
We have these rules, but my guess is we break some, if not all of them on a daily basis. Police are responsible for making sure we abide by these rules just like teachers are in charge of students following rules. There are consequences for infractions of these traffic rules just like there are consequences for breaking rules at school. Yet we, as adults, continue to break some of these rules on a daily basis. Why?
If we are expecting kids to comply with our rigid structures in school then why don't we comply in the real world? Is it because we feel that we stay close enough to the posted speed limit that it isn't a big deal? Or that our car slowed to the point that we felt confident to accelerate again? So why is this okay for adults, but not kids? Maybe a kid feels they are staying close enough to a zero voice in that hall or classroom that they won't bother anyone. Or maybe that their bodies are in control enough for them to navigate the hall without being in a single file line. However, we are quick to remind them how to comply. How would you feel if a cop was after you every time you didn't comply?
Again, isn't it time we rethink outdated traditions in schools? We need to bring joy back to learning and foster the curiosity that we unintentionally drive out of students by imposing such rigid limitations. I'm included in this mix of rethinking what's best for our kids.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. If you think I am way off, let me know. Until we address this uncomfortable elephant in the room, meaningful change can't happen.