Unsettling Truths about Education

Source: Creativity Post, May 2016

  1. most of our students will forget most of the content that they “learn” in school.
  2. most of our students are bored and disengaged in school.
  3. deep, lasting learning requires conditions that schools and classrooms simply were not built for.
  4. we’re not assessing many of the things that really matter for future success.
  5. grades, not learning, are the outcomes that students and parents are most interested in.
  6. curriculum is just a guess.
  7. separating learning into discrete subjects and time blocks is not the best way to prepare kids for the real world.
  8. the system of education as currently constructed is not adequately preparing kids for what follows if and when they graduate.
  9. learning that sticks is usually learned informally, that explicit knowledge accounts for very little of our success in most professions.
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