Over the past week I’ve gotten myself snarled up in a number of increasingly heated debates about the efficacy of the humble learning objective. The view of many seems to be that they get in the way of students’ learning and are some sort of top down imposition which autocratic teachers foist on their unwilling classes. There seems to be be a movement which believes that learning objectives kill creativity and spontaneity. Whence cometh this bile?
I remember the first time I saw a learning objective being used in a lesson. My school had just been