Ian Davis 
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Re: “The end of school

I hate to be that guy, but feeling "like a genius" does not equal being a genius. As a teacher, I am a little agitated that a back-talking attitude during school time is being rewarded here with couch time. In honesty, what happens to someone who thinks that their own vision of right and wrong matters more than the rules that govern our society and the knowledge we are expected to possess in order to live and work within it? We need free thinkers that are willing to be held accountable for their growth as thinkers.

Of course, schools tend to go the whole "Accountability = Testing" way, missing the point of building a competent thinker in the first place. The single most important 21st century skill is the ability to seek the skills needed to resolve an authentic problem, not the possession of said skills in the first place. The problem here is that these students may or may not be getting the resources to look for the skills they need, and there is literally no way to know whether any of this is good until they succeed or fail. And even if it works, one program is not like another.

For the sake of Kody and Katy, I hope it works.

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Posted by Ian Davis on 05/31/2014 at 8:52 PM

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