Let’s face it, most schools in America do not have an inquiry focus. Most don’t even value the concept!
Education is going through a period of great tension. Sometimes the pressure catalyzes innovative schools and classrooms. More often, the default is drill-and-kill with standardized tests and curricula driving the bus.
In status quo schools, teachers who employ inquiry as a core value of their classroom can feel like outsiders. Students comment that our class is “different in a good way” (when they are being flattering) or “weird” (when they want to express frustration). Either way, it is easy to feel like we are swimming against the stream.
Swimming against the stream requires a much greater output of energy to cover the same distance – and it takes longer to reach the goal!
Can inquiry learning reach its full potential in a single classroom in a secondary school with traditional schedules and structures?
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