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What is School For . . . Really?

A colleague of mine--one whom I really admire for constantly looking at how and why she teaches--sent me this from Seth Godin's blog:

Perhaps we could endeavor to teach our future the following:

  • How to focus intently on a problem until it's solved.
  • The benefit of postponing short-term satisfaction in exchange for long-term success.
  • How to read critically.
  • The power of being able to lead groups of peers without receiving clear delegated authority.
  • An understanding of the extraordinary power of the scientific method, in just about any situation or endeavor.
  • How to persuasively present ideas in multiple forms, especially in writing and before a group.
  • Project management. Self-management and the management of ideas, projects and people.
  • Personal finance. Understanding the truth about money and debt and leverage.
  • An insatiable desire (and the ability) to learn more. Forever.
  • Most of all, the self-reliance that comes from understanding that relentless hard work can be applied to solve problems worth solving.

For us here at PS, I would only add this critical, final bullet point:

  • A confident sense of belief and spirtual identity that serve as the foundation upon which all the other bullet points above are built.

If we are able to accomplish all these goals during our students' relatively brief time with us, wouldn't we be sending them out into the world uniquely prepared to lead and make a difference?

Posted by Dr. Mark Carleton on Monday May, 9, 2011 at 09:06AM

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