Education at a Crossroads
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Educators today are being pulled in several directions. On the one hand, they are expected to provide ever more rigorous educational standards, and to find ways to quantify and demonstrate that both good teaching and good learning have taken place. At the same time, they feel pressured by businesses to produce students who are ready to take a productive place in the workforce. The paper shows that, for those students who will not go on to college or vocational training, high school will be the pinnacle of their education. The paper looks at answers to the questions: Do we want their education to reflect measurable, quantifiable learning only, or do intangible experiences, such as those acquired by guided work within the community, also contribute both to their education and their future employability? It examines whether education can accomplish both goals, whether they compatible, or whether they conflict with one another. The paper looks at an educational report put out by CORD which explores the issue.
From the Paper:"One teacher from Seattle noted significant learning made by his students while observing dramatic events in that city. In the late fall of 1999, the World Trade Organization held an international meeting in Seattle. The meeting was picketed, and protesters of the WTO held a massive rally that got attention around the world (Au, 2000). Some of this teacher's students attended the rally. He found that some of his students learned important lessons about life, including a poignant story about one young lady with a difficult home life who learned that her actions could have something she viewed as a positive effect. She learned she could make a difference. The teacher made the point that this kind of lesson holds the potential to improve the rest of her life (Au, 2000). It changed her academic progress for the better, but it won't be measurable on any achievement test. Not everything important that takes place in our schools can be measured on an achievement test."
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