It’s amazing how uninformed some people can be, people who should be informed.
The Atlantic had a story in their October 2010 issue about how the DIY (do it yourself) movement had somehow tapped into what quality education needs to be like: learning by doing, by building, by exploring. But, they complain, there aren’t any schools like this yet. (!) “When a kid builds… a kite, or a birdhouse, she not only picks up math, physics… she also develops her creativity, resourcefulness, planning abilities, curiosity, and engagement with the world around her. but since these things can’t be measured on a standardized test schools no longer focus on them.” (because they used to?!)
Some do actually do. The Montessori schools very much value “learning by doing” and if you visit the websites of a few you’ll see that they also value “resourcefulness”, “creativity”, “curiosity” etc. Kind of makes you wonder. The author even refers to a couple of researchers and psychologists – do none of these people know about this method of education that’s been around for 100 years, is growing hand-over-fist in recent decades, has an impressive track record of turning around failing public schools, and simply “gets the job done”?
After espousing the experimental model, the article states, “No such school exists”. Unbelievable. Not to worry, this author will be contacting that author.