Few of us claim to be experts about replacing a car engine or a hip. But, because we’ve all been students, we tend to believe we’re education experts. And this self-confidence can be misleading. Take a minute to answer this quick survey question:
of users can distinguish between a good and bad classroom, assignment, and test. cannot.
Most adults value school experiences that mirror their own time in school. Show them an engaged teacher covering traditional content, and they’ll invariably conclude they’re observing a good class. If a homework assignment or test is difficult, they assume the child is learning something important. And, in most cases, they’re wrong.
A quick way to come up to speed on our century-old school model and why it needs to change? Watch these three videos:
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Among the many books written on education, there are a few you’ll want to devour. Get your school to order all of these for its library, and put them on a shelf labeled “The Future of Our Schools, Children, and Country”.
Most Likely To Succeed
The Global Achievement Gap
How Children Succeed
Parenting With Dignity
The World is Flat
Race Against The Machine