We hear voices in the context of education and school reform today calling for “rigor and relevance,” yet how many of us have really stopped to analyze what is meant, implied, and required if “rigor” is a defining characteristic of our educational system? The synonyms for rigor are inflexibility, stringency, and cruelty. Rigor should NOT define our classrooms. Many people mistakenly associate rigor with high expectations. High expectations are important and needed, but not within a rigorous environment that does not encourage differentiation and flexiblity within classrooms. Learning is inherently a dynamical process, not isolated events that can be entirely centrally planned, and our educational language as well as policies should recognize this. We need to embrace differentiation, flexibility and high expectations for all students. To do this, we need to reject rigor.

Program Length: 24 min, 50 sec
File size: 5.8 MB

Podcast 31 August 2006(Click here to listen to this podcast) Show notes for this podcast include:

  1. Definitions of “rigor” from Dictionary.com and rigor mortis
  2. Dynamical Classrooms, Transparent Technology presentation notes from TCEA 2003
  3. Books and Articles by Stephen D Krashen
  4. More from Stephen Krashen on America’s fabricated literacy crisis
  5. Cell Growth (WikiPedia article)
  6. Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform
  7. “A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future” by Dan Pink
  8. Please provide feedback on this podcast as comments on the iTunes Podcast Directory!

Subscribe to “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” weekly podcasts! Podcast RSS Feed

iTunes Podcast Link

Receive an email alert whenever a new Speed of Creativity podcast is published!


Powered by FeedBlitz

Technorati Tags: |

Did you know Wes has published 9 eBooks, and 1 of them is available free? Check them out!

Do you use a smartphone or tablet? Subscribe to Wes' free magazine "iReading" on Flipboard!


If you're trying to listen to a podcast episode and it's not working, check this status page. (Wes is migrating his podcasts to Amazon S3 for hosting.) Remember to follow Wesley Fryer on Twitter (@wfryer), Facebook and Google+. Also "like" Wesley's Facebook pages for "Speed of Creativity Learning" and his eBook, "Playing with Media." Don't miss Wesley's latest technology integration project, "Mapping Media to the Curriculum."

On this day..

Share →
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Made with Love in Oklahoma City