Saturday, May 05, 2018

The "Game of School" Survey

Do you think that school is a game?

That is, do you think that students "succeed" (graduate, navigate college admissions well, or leave school psychologically healthy) more from learning how to play the game than from actually learning academic subjects well?

What percentage of students in your school (or in general) do you believe leave school confident, competent, and in control of their lives and their learning?

Do you personally know any students who have left school feeling that they are not good learners, that they are "not one of the smart ones," or even that they are "defective" or "broken?"

Do you have specific strategies that you use or teach to help students navigate and succeed at the game aspect of schooling? What are they?

My survey asks these questions and a few more about the frustrations, fears, anger, hopes and dreams, opportunities, and strengths of students, teachers, parents, and others. It's being sent to my email list of 150,000+. I'll share the results on my blog.

After you fill out this survey for yourself (you'll get a copy of all your answers at the end so you can keep them), some of you might find value in organizing a way to ask these questions of students, parents, and teachers in a physical meeting--and then having a very real discussion about their answers and the thinking behind those answers.

If you decide to do this, please email me about the experience.

With sincere thanks,

Steve Hargadon

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