Gladwell draws a comparison between the dilemmas faced by NFL selectors and school principals in identifying talented young recruits. It’s a critical issue that school systems grapple with. How do we attract and retain excellent teachers and leaders?
For me, the article raises several points worthy of professional discussion and debate:
Since the mid 60s, the teaching profession has undergone significant changes as university training and a basic degree became the minimum standard. While welcoming the academic approach and rigour, I feel as though we may have actually lost something from the learning that took place by working in the classroom with highly experienced teachers for significant periods of time.
It’s interesting that this latter approach follows Bransford et al’s research in which powerful learning happens when there is a focus on content, context and meta-cognition. I think teachers learning about learning is the key to continual improvement.