I grew up with the idea that success in the classroom meant you received a better mark on the test than your friend next to you. It was simple to measure success when it came in the form of a percentage. The development of a student’s confidence in the classroom was usually dependant on the marks that they received on those important tests, and that would lead them down very different paths. I remember sitting in my grade five or six class, watching our teacher stress about the importance of the standardized test as she preached and paced across the room. Among the pressure she put on us to remember specific answers and equations, was a true lack of understanding. I did not know why we were learning about each of those topics, but I knew they were important for the standardized test we were going to be taking part of. I believe that young students need to understand the reason as to why they are learning the subjects and topics that are being covered because it gives them reason to pay attention and focus.
There are many limitations to the Tyler Rationale. One of them would be the focus on the objectives, compared to the focus on the student. When the focus is based on the substance of the topic, there is a lack of experience between the teacher and student, which usually results in the student losing their opinion and voice in the process. Another limitation is the focus on measurable outcomes. Once a teacher has stopped focusing on the experience of the student and the development of the student as a whole and creates an enviroment that allows all actions and results to be measured, they will have lost the connection to the classroom. This will affect students’ abilities to feel like they can speak freely or share opinions without being graded or judged. This method ultimately makes it impossible for students to be graded and acknowledged for their own personal growth throughout the class because they are constantly being compared to the expectations of the outcomes.
The potential benefits of the Tyler Rationale are that it is a good tool for teachers to see the end goal and have a direction in which they can focus the class. This allows them to be able to organize and develop plans that have direction, but they should not fear the unexplored area around the various topics, that allow the students to feel like they can explore ideas of their own. I believe that is important for students because it can develop their ability to pursue ideas and information on their own, compared to being forced towards one direction of learning. I believe that there are good aspects of the Tyler Rationale that should be taken into consideration when preparing the class objectives and goals, but the teacher needs to remain the voice and leader of the classroom, that allows their children to grow and develop in their own way.