A reform agenda for education

You can sense the frustration articulated by this english teacher in the article Academic Teaching Doesn’t Prepare Students for Life by Shelley Wright. Educations at school, college and university often feels like a series of examinations/hoops to jump through with no long term impact or use. However she does offer hope through empowering her students to re-imagine their learning experience.

I particularly liked this quote:

As I’ve worked with my students, we’ve come to realize they need to be able to answer three questions, regardless of what we’re researching:

• What are you going to learn?

• How are you going to learn it?

• How are you going to show me you’re learning?

How they get to this last question is often their decision. And what they come up with never fails to surprise me.