Friday, April 20, 2012
I just read Soldier Dogs and wish our American educators would approach student learning the same way. They clearly admit that dogs are diverse. They don't even try to train dogs not disposed to their needs. How would that map into student diversity in our schools? Also even dogs apparently predisposed to training do not always succeed. So... we need students ready to learn with natural instincts appropriate to the skills to be learned. Obviously the trainers of these dogs are more willing to admit the dog diversity than we are in the world of education. Can we admit that there might be students that will not be able to learn the things we want? The outcomes are obviously quite different. Students who don't cut the mustard will probably be a bane to anyone who mistakenly hires them. Dogs that are untrainable, if allowed to progress into the battle field, kill people.