Friday, December 25, 2009

Favorite comments of '09: Beth on “be creative”

Re Summer Reading Project, 3rd grade, Beth writes:

"Be creative!" No. A child can either be creative or follow the teacher's directions, but he can't possibly do both at the same time.

It's like another old favorite, "Have fun!" usually encountered at the end of a long list of instructions.

So much of the stuff that goes on in school just seems half-baked. The teachers got the message that learning should be creative and fun, which I agree with, but nobody was willing to do the deep thinking and reform that would actually make that possible. So we wind up with stale porridge which is not creative, or fun, or learning.

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