There's an interesting item over at the Passionate Web site that has the intriguing title, "Most Classroom Learning Stinks" (ok, they use another word for stinks, but I'm keeping this G-rated). The author postulates that
The best learning occurs ina stimulating, active, challenging, interesting, engaging environment...The best learning occurs when you're actively involved in co-constructing knowledge in your own head, not passively reading or listening.
The author then goes on to discuss a school her child attended, which sounds kind of Montessori. I know these programs have lots of fans, my grammar school was similarly structured (or unstructured), and it didn't work for me. Then I stupidly went to Hampshire College, which at the time had a similar process to the one she describes, and that didn't work for me, either. But now, as an adult learner, I crave exactly this type of system. I think kids need a little more structure and direction than we supposedly grown-up types do--or maybe they just didn't have the knowledge to execute those educational concepts well back in my day.
But now we do. Let's use it.
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