Update 10/27/2010 – WATCH THIS VIDEO – http://jakebohall.com/sir-ken-robinson-on-education/10/2010
Read a cool article at the NY Times – The Case for Working With Your Hands – about education and the important role of a child’s/youth’s direct interaction with the things they are interested in pursuing. Loved it…
I started writing this post end of May, but never finished. I read another article today about a Professor losing his job over grades, and his lack of desire to acknowledge their value.
“Grades poison the educational environment,” he insists. “We’re training students to be obedient, and to try to read our minds, rather than being a catalyst for learning.” – University of Ottawa professor Denis Rancourt
I don’t necessarily agree with his opinions in all of the conflicts that Prof. Rancourt has had, I must say that I agree with him on this one. It is extremely important that the education systems not discourage struggling students by giving them poor grades. Encourage the students to find their own paths, question everything, be imaginative, and not be weighed down by years of psychological self-confidence issues because we have a societal judgement that we pass in the form of letter grades..
I started writing the following on 12/14/2007… in an effort to express my distaste for our education system. I went to a private school, received great grades, learned many things. But I saw others who did not. I discovered how much of my delusioned “superiority” was biased based upon my years of perception deprivation and lack of exposure to those who could/did challenge/beat me. I discovered how several years of early life experience with “hands-on” training proved to have taught the most valuable lessons. Please enjoy, crtique, add to, duplicate, share, proselytize, etc as long as you give me a link/reference :) Continue reading