Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Simple Questions With Not So Simple Answers

We are bombarded with information every day. We have knowledge at our finger tips at the touch of a screen that is carried in our pockets. We have access to pretty much anything we need to know any time of the day or night.

What kind of things is it important our children learn?
Why do we need to "teach" children anything?
Is school the best place for children to learn?
What, if any, basic facts should they memorize?
What is the purpose of testing?
How do we create enthusiastic "life-long learners"?

Our world is changing more than we can even begin to comprehend. The latest technology replaces the former "latest technology" at frightening speeds.
How do we give our children an advantage in life?
Do we need a few changes here and there in our outlook and traditions, or do we need a completely new paradigm to cope with this continually changing world?

If we were to take the time to ponder these questions with a truly open mind, we might astound ourselves with what our deepest responses reveal about what we think is really important.
I challenge all of us to reflect on what we are doing and why–in all areas of our lives.

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