Who cares? Right?
“The essential thing measured by school is whether or not you are good at school.” Lovely. That’s my man Seth Godin again (be sure to give him your time http://sethgodin.typepad.com/)
I like Seth, don’t get me wrong. But he does get part of his schooling shtick wrong. He says that schools are good at teaching students what they set out to teach them… the only problem, he says, is that we’re teaching the wrong stuff. He’s not wrong about that last part… BUT he IS wrong to say that school’s are good at teaching anything. Well, by that I mean they aren’t good at teaching what matters or even what they think they’re teaching. They ARE good at teaching conformity. Oh, and at teaching students to not think that they are creative or have much to contribute. And that’s sad because (I can just write “b/c”, right?) most teachers would hate to know this. Most teachers in traditional schools want nothing more than to empower students, enlighten them, enthuse them… they are simply stuck in a system that has little chance of doing that. Not their fault.
Schools are good at making you good at school. Good at making you a good test-taker, maybe.
Seth gets this part right, (defending the good teachers) “The problem lies with the system that punishes artists and rewards bureaucrats.”
Back to one of my main ideas: we want, nay NEED, people who are good at life, not good at school. Did you check out the link on the right about “neuropsych support”? WHAT? NO? Why do you think those links are there? (Sure they’re pretty, but beyond that there’s OTHER value.) Check it out, go on: it’s a link to www.goodatdoingthings.com. That too is what we need. Good at school? Not so much.