School Is About More Than Training Kids to Be Adults

Michael Godsey, The Atlantic, Feb 18, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As summarized in the ASCD Smart Brief newsletter where I saw this, "College- and career-readiness lessons sometimes miss the mark, especially with students who see few rewards in adult life, English teacher Michael Godsey writes in this commentary." I get the idea but I'm not sure I agree with the 'kids just want to have fun' undertone to the article. It is true that their interests and their tastes haven't matured. But that is often not because their tastes are juvenile, but simply because the kids themselves haven't matured yet. So in supporting their current interests, educators are very much preparing them for adult life - but for their adult life, and not our own.

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