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guest post #3 – Tim Taylor @imagineinquiry

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20 years a teacher

Silence is golden (sometimes)

If we need any more proof that ideology should play no part in directing pedagogy, it is in the matter of ‘active’ and ‘passive’ learning. What even is ‘passive’ learning anyway? If it means doing nothing, then it’s not learning. If it means not speaking or moving around, then it’s not passive. Listening is active participation, just not involving movement or sound. We do this every time we read a book, listen to the radio, or watch TV.


So let’s consign the idea of ‘passive learning’ to the dustbin.

And while we’re at it, let’s do the same to the notion that silent learning is just for traditionalists.

Few things get up my nose more than the idea that primary school kids can’t work in silence and don’t like doing it when they do. The truth is, they can, they do, and, more to the point…

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