Reblogged from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
Some poor fool, thinking either that he was being funny OR that he was being really profound posted how he used a ‘problem’ that his daughter had as a ‘teaching moment’. What he actually did was (1) open himself up for enormous ridicule – his name is now officially Bean Dad – and trolling on Twitter and, more importantly (2) showed why discovery learning is not the way to teach (that is if you can call having kids take large amounts of time to discover things that can be taught in a few minutes and then applied and practised in an effective, efficient, and enjoyable way thereafter.
Robert Pondiscio – senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute – wrote a very nice piece about this example of foolishness entitled: Explicit teaching vs. constructivism: The misadventures of Bean Dad. He begins:
Nearly every day, social media plucks some poor, anonymous face in the crowd from obscurity and makes him famous. If you’re making New Year’s Resolutions this year, one should be never to be that guy. Over the weekend the unfortunate soul was musician and podcaster John Roderick, doomed to be known henceforth as “Bean Dad,” the trending topic sobriquet earned when he declined to make lunch for his hungry nine-year-old daughter, insisting instead that she make herself some baked beans.