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  •  AMEN! Feynman was a superb wonder junkie. (6+ / 0-)

    Common to many posts and thoughts here:

    But the ability to think critically and broadly underlies everything
    Thinking critically is by far the most important thing to teach. It creates the environment for questions that created humanity and science in general:
    What if?

    If my early early ancestor/ancestress hadn't wondered about an easier way to cut up game and LOOKED for a way to make it easier, knapping flint and other stones to create tools would never have happened.
    If all she had to learn was a preset series of answers, there would not have been a human race.

    "Where do we get water from?"
    "The river or the pond."

    "Where do we get food from?"
    "The fruit and nuts and bugs."

    End of test, we don't need to learn anything else.

    A standardized test like that would have killed off humanity at the root.

    my brother-in-law was a SpecEd teacher for his entire 37-year teaching career. My aunt was forcibly retired by her school disrict at 68 so went into the Peace Corps and taught ESL in Addis Abba for 6 years. It is in the blood and bone to want to be a teacher.

    They are an endangered species that is being hunted to extinction - the ones who want to teach because they want to introduce our young to the "wonder of it all" and are not that concerened about the paycheck. Charter schools teach to the bottom line and I will never support them if that bottom line includes numbers with dollar signs in front.

    Rant off

    "You can tell 'Monopoly' is an old game, it has a Luxury Tax and rich people can go to jail." - George Takei

    by daddybunny on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 12:15:01 PM PST

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