David Warlick of 2 Cents Worth always has interesting and thought-provoking ideas.
Please take the time to read David’s full post on this subject. In brief, he says
The bottom line of this ramble is that students armed with answers about science, technology, engineering, and math will not be able to compete or contribute to a global economy. It will be students who can can observe their environment, understand it, and inventively find ways to participate and contribute.
So we need to be teaching our students more than “just the facts, M’am.”
Students need to be challenged to take the facts, understand the meaning of these facts, create something new from the facts, and develop insights from learning these facts to contribute something of value to the world around them, not matter how small or big that world is.
A student does not have to be a grad student, a college senior, a high school senior, a middle school student, or even a fifth grader to create something of value to his world.
EVERY student at EVERY AGE can contribute to his world.
What are your students contributing to their worlds?
[As always, in my author quotes, the underlines, color changes, and bold type is mine, not the author’s!]