Making vs. School “Reform” – beta

The worldview of self-proclaimed school reformers vs. makers

Contrasts in Educational Stance

Contrasts in Educational Stance by Gary S. Stager, of Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom

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Comments are welcome!


  1. If people implement the new standards using our guidance, they end up much further to the right of your table. The challenge is for those who don’t know how to make the transition. Schooling and Learning are two different things, but they don’t have to be.

  2. Dale Dougherty says:

    The chart looks pretty good. I don’t know that traditional and reform even in quotes are the same.

    I would also characterize one difference as information vs experience. It is somewhat captured in the chart,
    as is the distinction between a consumer of education products and services and a producer of one’s learning, which generates evidence of learning.

    I like the different view of time.


    • Dale,

      Thanks for your comments. If you take a very long view (+100 years), than traditional is not the same as the top-down, Common Core, information-centric, compliance agenda favored by those who proclaim themselves as education “reformers.” However, in popular parlance, the current joyless back-to-basics agenda is commonly referred to as “traditional.”

      As for the over-emphasis on information access and retrieval, anyone familiar with my work knows that I view this as the low-hanging fruit of education and believe it represents the weakest form of learning. The nature of the visual table made it impossible for me to include everything.