Out In Left Field: “I did it all by myself!”

Few phrases capture the joys of childhood better than this one.

…And one of the most troubling results of today’s trends in education is how little opportunity today’s kids get to experience this in school: the joy of mastering things on their own, and of demonstrating this mastery to others.

More and more, they work in groups and turn in group assignments. More and more, teachers de-emphasize closed book, calculator-free, in-class tests in favor of “formative” assessments of portfolios and projects that, even if they are mostly the work of individual students, may also involve unacknowledged help from parents.

via Out In Left Field: “I did it all by myself!”.



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