“It’s dawning on people that education should be about the development of the person and not about knowing things – specific, discreet facts”. Dr. Steven Hughes, pediatric neuropsychologist, Univ. Of MN.
Wow. Maybe we’ll get there.
What’s this? Education is about “the development of the person”? This is rad man. This guy better be careful, he’s going to upset some folks. The same one’s I’m going to upset.
What IS education? Let us never lose sight of that. Define your mission and don’t forget it. It is the guide. So when schools set out, traditional schools, they are doing what they intend to do. Let’s be fair. Traditional schools are NOT about innovation, creative thought, moving the walls, or shaking things up. They are about doing what is done, learning how to fit in, conform – “this is how we do it around here” mentality.
This is why the conversation needs changing. We need to tap our glasses, get the attention of our audience and shift the conversation to human flourishing. Who’s against that? This is what Dr. Hughes is suggesting: developing each and every person’s talents and gifts. We all have them. An education should be about helping us discover what ours our, not telling us how to be.
I hope it’s “dawning” on more people.
See Dr. Hughes full 4+ minute piece here: