Presented by Dr. Corey Nagle
Dr. Nel Noddings, Lee Jacks Professor of Education Emerita at Stanford University and the keynote speaker at the 2001 and 2015 AATC Annual Conferences, authored Education and Democracy in the 21st Century, released in February 2013. Dr. Noddings draws from the ideas of John Dewey and her own expansive work as she explores the state of education and ways to reinvigorate teaching and learning to preserve democratic values while adapting to the evolution of society.
With a critical view of current standardization efforts in both assessment and instruction, Dr. Noddings advocates reflecting on current systems and practices to cooperatively reimagine future approaches to education. She presents three primary areas of students’ lives, including home and family, occupational, and civic. Dr. Noddings recommends a comprehensive examination and rethinking of education that includes breaking down the separation of disciplines and restructuring secondary schools, reviewing liberal arts and vocational programs, citizenship, critical thinking, and moral education. By cooperatively and critically reflecting on the areas of students’ lives and current educational practices, Dr. Noddings expresses confidence that we can remain committed to democratic values while meeting the current and changing needs of society in the 21st century.
As we consider the work of Dr. Noddings and the current state of education and society, we can reflect on our practices in the classroom and preparing future educators. The following questions may help us to further our work. In the spirit of encouraging dialogue, a foundational component of AATC’s identity, we encourage you to share your thoughts and engage in discourse in the comments section:
- What are your current teaching practices? How have your practices been influenced or impacted by standardization?
- After reflecting on current practices, what changes could you make to meet the needs of students and respond to societal change?
- After reflecting on current systems, what systemic changes should be implemented to meet the needs of students and respond to societal change? What is your role in advocating for or making these systemic changes?