In this episode, Bruce and I discuss a powerful essay written by Carol Black titled Children, Learning, and the Evaluative Gaze of School, one that discusses the very real effects on kids of a culture of surveillance and assessment. Some of the questions we kick around:
- Why have we gotten to this point where we want to monitor and assess every mood and movement of kids?
- How do we provide more of a balance for students between their school and personal lives?
- How do we break out of traditional narratives and habits to start with a different question?
- How do we start with the question “Is this good for kids?”
- How do we start a process for bringing people together to hold different conversations around our interactions with kids?
We also chat about some first steps that school leaders might take to create some new conversations forward in their communities.
Would love to hear your thoughts.