Jan 28

Have You Too Got An Opinion Regarding Differentiation?

In case you have missed out on the most recent difference of opinion in education, here is an opportunity for an update and an opportunity to take sides in this “war of words” or “battle of the brains.” If you decide that it is the latter, odds are that this writer will agree with your choice of author.

It seems that a recent commentary in Education Week (January 6, 2015) James Delisle, educational consultant, made his thoughts rather clear regarding classroom instruction using differentiation, “..a losing proposition for both students, and teachers, and yet one more panacea that did not pan out.” As you may imagine,, responses to this commentary were quick and not at all supportive of Delisle’s position.  You may read this commentary at: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/01/07/differentiation-doesnt-work.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1

The ink had barely dried on Delisle’s commentary when Carol Ann Tomlinson, Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia responded with  decidedly concrete  review of her thoughts. Dr. Tomlinson’s earlier foray into this topic may be reviewed at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2014/08/inventing_differentiation_a_guest_blog_by_carol_ann_tomlinson.html

Her recent response to James Delisle’s blog in Education Week is attached. Scholarly differences aside from this writer, a Curry School graduate, as far as Carol Ann’s commentaries all that can be said is Waho Hoo Wa!