Learning Matters

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Teacher Responsibility for Student Learning

Jenny D. has posted a very important question. "Are teachers responsible for student learning?" The simple answer is, of course. If your students don't learn, how can you claim to have taught them anything? But sole responsibility doesn't rest with the teacher. Students must take responsibility for their own learning and so should their parents, particularly in the K-8 years.

Jenny's medical analogy is well taken. A doctor is responsible for their patients' health, but if a patient doesn't give up a two-pack a day habit the doctor is not accountable.

Jenny also is probing the extent of responsibility. It is an important topic and I hope you check her post and offer your comments there.

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