Friday, February 5, 2010

Playing to Learn: Susan Engel

Excerpt from oped piece in New York Times, Tuesday, February 2

So what should children be able to do by age 12, or the time they leave elementary school? They should be able to read a chapter book, write a story and a compelling essay; know how to add, subtract, divide and multiply numbers; detect patterns in complex phenomena; use evidence to support an opinion; be part of a group of people who are not their family; and engage in an exchange of ideas in conversation. If all elementary school students mastered these abilities, they would be prepared to learn almost anything in high school and college.

Imagine, for instance, a third-grade classroom that was free of the laundry list of goals currently harnessing our teachers and students, and that was devoted instead to just a few narrowly defined and deeply focused goals.

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Susan Engel is senior lecturer in psychology and the director of the teaching program at Williams College.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Memory sure is becoming cheaper and cheaper and cheaper. I'm curious as to when we will finally hit the ratio of $0.01 to 1 Gig.

I await the day when I will finally be able to afford a 20 TB drive, hahaha. But for now I will be satisfied with having a 16 gigabyte Micro SD in my R4i.

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