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Reducing knowledge Links to other education stories. As always, the topics will be whatever you want to discuss.
I got into a discussion on Thursday over at Cheers and Jeers, which is not usually the place for such things. I didn't really have time to do that, but I just couldn't leave it alone. The comment I responded to challenged the notion of "critical thinking" which gave me some pause, but really wasn't what twisted my knickers. The commentator also seemed to be in favor of high-stakes standardized testing and the concommitant standardized curriculum. My question was then, and still is: Why is it necessary that every student learn exactly the same material?
From the author's response, I am apparently either too wrapped up in my teacher's ways or simply too dumb or oblivious to understand any answer to this question, so s/he didn't supply one. Perhaps someone else can help me out? I mean, I understand the notion of people working together in modern society, but isn't it really a waste if everyone on the team has exactly the same knowledge? Wouldn't it be beteer if the members of the team had complementary skills with some overlap rather than identical skills? What is the point of standardization?
Wouldn't the standardization of curriculum have the overall effect of reducing the sum total of human knowledge? Is that the point of all this? If Worker A and Worker B have exactly the same knowledge, why do I need two workers? Can somebody help me out?
I'll be hanging around most of the day, actively waiting for your comments (actually, I'll be working on my tenure file), so at least one person will be here to discuss whatever anyone wants to discuss.
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