On my way home from dinner last night, I saw this on my Twitter feed:
While I would have expected something like this from Tom Friedman, seeing it from somebody as smart as Steve Greenhouse just left me depressed. Therefore, I tweeted the question that I always ask when I encounter flipped classroom propaganda:
You can follow the link and read the ensuing dust-up if you please. Certainly, not all flipped classrooms are the same, but not one person answered my original question: When are my students going to do the reading I assign them? I assign a lot of it in every class. Therefore, I don’t want to load them down with anything more to do.
Oddly enough, the article that started it all does take a shot at it:
“Incidentally, many of those who commented in response to my flipped classroom column asked: where’s the reading? The answer is: where it always was. Students still read for homework. But in a flipped classroom, they won’t do problems at home any more — they’ll watch the lectures instead.”
Unfortunately, in history classes we don’t assign “problems” for homework. We assign reading and writing, which leaves me right back where I began…
PS What Siva says, x5: