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  •  Extending the limits of the human mind (1+ / 0-)
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    achronon

    beyond what the finest teachers can achieve? That's already been accomplished-- by books. The internet just continues and broadens the effort.

    Celebrating failure as effort towards learning? There's too much failure to warrant special acknowledgment, and much failure comes from lack of any effort.

    Our schools are obviously not "knowledge factories"-- knowledge is occasionally discovered, under especially fortuitous circumstances-- it can hardly be said to be "mass produced."

    It may be presumptuous for "esteemed scholars to determine what knowledge is required to prosper," given that there are multiple different paths to prosperity. But what's wrong with esteemed scholars determining what knowledge is necessary to understand their fields?

    Don't be so quick to repudiate memorization, simply because it's hard work and not much fun. Some skills and understandings are simply unattainable without some memorization.

    •  Good points. (0+ / 0-)

      While I agree that the current form, structure and approach to education is anything but optimal, I would caution against throwing out the baby with the bath water, which is what I hear you saying. And I agree very much.

      It seems to me that what should really drive the process is an understanding of what comes out at the end. Do we want thinkers? Creatives? Brain-boxes? Or ... ? Or, perhaps all of the above? Or is it is something or some things altogether?

      One thing I think we are coming to finally realize is just how different individuals are and that the real challenge is to challenge each and every individual in the most appropriate way. This is difficult, but not completely impossible, in traditional classroom settings, yet a focus on standardized testing ignores this and focuses too much on rote learning.

      Maybe we are just still in the questioning phase. I'm also thinking, there's no quick fix, is there?

      None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

      by achronon on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 04:44:15 AM PDT

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