In this great post, the always interesting & thoughtful Shelley Wright talks about the emphasis on ‘academics’ in schools. She has some important things to say, I encourage you to read the entire post. Here are a few excerpts;
School should be a place where kids can discover what they love. They should be able to ask the questions that matter to them and pursue the answers. They should discover what they are passionate about, what truly sets their hearts and souls on fire. They should discover they can make a difference now. Above all, they should leave school knowing what they are good at.
Our school system doesn’t need to create kids who are good at school. Instead, we need to create an environment that engages learners, fosters creativity, and puts responsibility for learning where it belongs – with our students.