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Toxic pedagogy, an educational model still in force in many schools

Toxic pedagogy, an educational model still in force in many schools


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We all know the popular saying: "the letter with blood enters." How many times did we listen to it when we went to school and we still continue to perceive it in the environment.

In schools, children's knowledge is managed and for this, teachers can and should choose among the many educational models that exist to be able to get children to acquire these skills.

There is a big problem and it is that still in many schools there is a model that continues to be legitimately above all and that teachers unconsciously end up using: toxic pedagogy.

Toxic pedagogy refers to the traditional model based on rote learning that has been practiced since the industrial revolution. It is a model of non-education that paradoxically seeks that the child is never formed since it is based on:

- That students are formed from a imported knowledge (what they are told as absolute truth) and that they are unable to form their own knowledge.

- Focuses on results instead of being focused on learning itself.

- Evaluation and grades promote competitiveness and the only objective is to be the best. Which relegates to the background a minority that does not keep up.

- What students learn is selected without taking into account the interests of students.

- The teacher is the only power and no interest in student participation.

There are studies that show that using this type of pedagogy, children's creativity decreases as the little ones continue to "learn" with this educational model. Thus, curiosity and the search for experiences give way to more rigid and inflexible behaviors.

This happens because from the toxic pedagogy that is used, the child is being taught to conform to the established and adopt convergent thinking. If the little one goes off the path set by the teacher, he does not like it and, therefore, limits the potential of the student, and unconsciously, it makes him clumsy and less intelligent since they cannot use their imagination

From this model, school success means getting good grades and those who do are the ones who adapt, repeat the established patterns and do not risk innovating so as not to make mistakes. In the future they will not know how to find their own solutions since they have only learned to do things as they are told, in a single way and without thinking differently.

The type of pedagogy that is still used and which we call toxic had its reason for being in an industrial society where training meant accumulating information to apply it later in future work. Today we live in an entrepreneurial and information society where, thanks to the internet, it is easy to find any data.

Thus, students will need creativity in addition to developing the skills and abilities necessary to be able to find solutions to problems and know how to discern the positive from all the information that bombards us.

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