The teacher speaks:
Rigor. What an unpleasant word. I am going to start by saying that I am tired of it. The word just needs to go away.
We don't need more rigorous standards. We need more thoughtful standards.
We don't need a more rigorous curriculum. We need a curriculum that inspires curiosity in a greater way.
We don't need to guide children only to books of higher rigor. We need to inspire and invite children to read widely and wildly.
I could rant, but I am tired of ranting about this.
Rigor is not the answer.
Wonder is the answer.
What fosters wonder and curiosity? Doubt. Difficulty. Uncertainty--that which is Strange. Perplexing. Weird. Unfamiliar. Novel.
Which brings me to my next point.
You can find all of the above in STORIES. . More stories. That is what schools need.
(Well, that and a big dose of Humanity.)
If you want schools to be the best places for our children, bring Wonder and Humanity to the forefront, not Rigor.