Academic Teaching Doesn’t Prepare Students for Life

Shelley Wright, The Yale Journal of Law & Technology, Nov 10, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I like this post from Shelly Wright because it fits into the theme emerging in today's issue of OLDaily and because it underlines the change in thinking that has characterized education over the last two decades or so (which begins, actually, in the 1970s (I am an early beneficiary of that kind of thinking, as my small rural school is where many progressive and alternative teachers ended up teaching)). "Our school system doesn’t need to create kids who are good at school. Instead, we need to create an environment that engages learners, fosters creativity, and puts responsibility for learning where it belongs – with our students." (p.s. if writing academic essays does not prepare students for life, you might ask, then what does? I highly recommend writing articles for underground newspapers.)

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