An Argument for Choice
Photo Credit I have been reading a book lent to me by a former student (I know, right? How cool is that?) that was written by a friend of hers. (Also major cool factor!) This is a book that with every chapter I am left thinking about something and questioning the "tried and true" practices of education. So we come to the genesis of this post. As I was reading The Art of Self Directed Learning by Blake Boles , my brain came to a screeching halt with chapter 4: Consensual Learning. The underlying premise of this chapter is that school ≠ choice. This was like a lightening flash for me. As I began to really reflect on this thesis, I realized that it was true. I also realized that it needs to change. Here is why: In school, our job is to prepare our students for life. Knowing how to make healthy, appropriate choices is a crucial skill to life-time success. We can not effectively prepare students for life if all we do is tell them what to do and when to do it.