“Your work is worth more than mere congruence to an answer key” – I stole that line from Seth Godin (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/). What does it mean?
School teaches us to search for and value the ANSWER. It’s all about right answers.
“How many did you get right?”….. “How many did you get wrong?”
School was always about right answers. Never about right questions. No one ever asks what the right, or good, questions are. No. WE ask the questions – you find the right answers. “No one asked you”.
Godin is saying that this is bunk – destructive nonsense. That you work hard in school for the right answer all day long is insulting: your work, effort and soul are worth much more than “congruence to the answer key” . Why isn’t THAT on the front of every classroom and school building. Imagine encouraging students to REALLY THINK. To ask questions, explore – turn on their brain. Never mind the right answer – the world, reality, will make that clear.
But a culture, a style, of exploring questions, now that’s a thing of beauty. You work to define yourself. You work to create. You don’t work to get the right answer.