Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Like John Spencer, I'm much less worried about 'learning loss' than many others in the field. Why? As Spencer says, "it can help to ask, “What do students need in the long run?” instead of focusing entirely on single learning standards or benchmark test results." If we're just focused on catching up with content knowledge, we may be doing more harm than good. Students need to develop a wider range of skills, they need time for deeper learning, and they need time for play. The pandemic - in my view - has given them space to realize (as Spencer says) that they're not working for the teacher, they're working for themselves.

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