After reviewing the options, I believe Rubric 1 to be the least rigid and specific, which speaks to my sensibilities to equity, diversity, and access. I believe that in learning in environments such as these, we are expected to display critical thought, while maintaining our individual “voice”. We cannot expect to hear people’s voices if we put excessive parameter around what that voice should sound like. I am not suggesting that the other rubrics are excessive in their parameters, but the first rubric seems to be the most distant from that model.
I think that as long as my expressions show critical thought and understanding of the material, then I am effective in my expression as is the course in its mission. I think that one of the problems with our education system is that it is too rigid and resistant to innovation. Now when I say “innovation” readers of this may disagree with a myriad expamples of how they themselves witness innovation in educational contexts. I would challenge this, and say that though we make minor innovations in very safe and controlled ways, I want to see a shift in the greater paradigms. I want to see people expressing their understanding in Black English Vernacular, poetry or in pros. I want there to be vehicle for learning that is also readily accessible buy those that prefer to think more abstractly or affectively. I think that allowing for multiple styles, without restriction can result in some very impactful outcomes in understanding of the content. I like that the rubric focuses on the focus. The idea needs to be focused, surely, but not necessarily package so specifically. This will also help with engagement of my content. My voice and engagement stand to be compromised if I am overly concerned about if I am delivering it incorrectly, based on some arbitrary and conventional measure. Another of my favorite attribute is the emphasis on acknowledging other perspectives, in the interest of diversity, compassion, and equity.
Finally, looking at it from the angle, this provides the instructor with a very quick and easy reference for evaluation. As simple as the rubric is, it is not as subjective as one might think. There are objective measures such as use of examples, acknowledgement of opposing ideas, and integration of ideas. I think beyond these parameters, we as educators ethically should not overly dictate expression.