Friday, December 11, 2009

We Were Told to Be Practical Not Passionate

We've had a lot of interesting interviews lately at FutureofEducation.com--as I hope we should.  Last night Elizabeth Kanna was our guest, talking about her book Virtual Schooling.  Because Dan Willingham had just been on last week I avoided the topic of learning styles, but we did talk (as we almost always do in these interviews) about changes in expectations--especially that the students and their parents have for schools.  And there is this tightrope we always walk balancing the different views related to how students learn best and what kind of environments are most conducive to deep learning.

Part of why I like doing the interviews is being able to hear from really smart people on these issues.  And often they are in the audience.  :)  Last night Deborah Boatwright wrote something in the chat that really caught my attention.  "Interesting my generation was told to be practical not passionate."  For some reason, that really rang true for me and helped to describe what I think is a very marked change in our sense of the role of education.  It's the difference between my own educational experience which was also how we raised our oldest daughter (now 21), and how we think about the education of our 16 and 11-year-old daughters.
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