Saturday, April 30, 2011

Teaching versus Discovery

I was reading Joe Bower the other day (Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like School). He often includes great quotes to support his perspective. This time he quoted Seymour Papert,

"the scandal of education is every time you teach something you deprive a child of the pleasure and benefit of discovery"

I need to remind myself of this every day when I plan my class activities. Surely I can make school better. Yes, there is the challenge of herding 27 kids all on separate paths and one of me. At least I understand the goal. Not saying I'm there yet. Need to keep trying!

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