Still, I can’t help but agree with my students’ earlier observations. Mastering “21st century skills” is not their most pressing problem, nor is ineffective use of technology their tragic flaw. Rather, other humans are still the greatest mysteries of our time, and learning how to deal with other mysterious beings is, in fact, the eternal joy and challenge of human consciousness. If nothing else, parenting and teaching have taught me that there is no challenge greater or more relentless than dealing successfully with other people.
…button? “Teachers who come out here, blame the kids for their lack of success and leave,” she says. Kamaile’s teachers, like those all along the coast, do much more than teach. They listen to the kids, keep a close ear on the community and learn what to talk to the kids about, what’s going on in their lives. They grapple with poverty and what it means, the stress it creates. “I don’t know what these kids face,” Hoppe says, “But I try to empathize, understand.”
… the teacher was qualified and engaging, but it’s not a surprise that the dropout rate was so high: As soon as education gets difficult (and useful education always gets difficult) it’s social pressure, peer pressure and our own need to fit in and achieve that often keeps us going. The typical online course provides precious little of any of these elements.
…r can she? Robert Sapolsky, Stanford professor and one of the world’s leading neuroscientists says, “Often the biggest impediments to scientific progress is what we know, not what we don’t know.” What we ‘know’ from psychological theories is that children have to be able to roll with disappoint…