What does ''evaluation'' mean today? what did it means yesterday? who are they for? and do we even need them?
Are they used by teachers to have a means to control his class? Who would ever feel comfortable into such an environment of fear and manipulation? I know I wouldn't. The school has fashioned a system that forces people to study but actually does not make them learn. Each new insight should be based on subjective involvement, an analysis of this experience and its repetition through supervised training. Shouldn't evaluations be used by teachers to better comprehend what his students are struggling with so that he can use his knowledge as best as possible to help them? In last week's post I wrote about the engagement of both students and teachers in the creation of a self directed curriculum that is uniquely crafted for each individual. The notion that students from a young age do not fear being wrong is what we need to preserve while teaching them ingenuity and organization. Learning require meaning to be successful, gaining a feeling of fulfilment and social value through labor.
I would also like to take this opportunity and correct the misinterpreted idea that inspiration is a passive matter, something that happens to us. In my opinion, it is something we must actively engage in order to provoke a reaction in others. Teachers should use their skills to inspire students and show them how through effort and discipline everyone is able to thrive and in turn inspire others through their experience.
Five years of college are not enough anymore, and yet in some cases they're not even required.
As a freelancing artist nobody ever asked me my age or degree, all clients wants to know is if I can get the job done. A good portfolio can show a potential client our style and skills but the next things he's going to look for are the reviews other clients wrote before he gets in contact with us. Now more then ever we must emphasize to the generations to come the need of teamwork and what it means to be the member of a team. The necessities of a professional career are developing as a result of the diverse demands of its time so the most important skill we ought to teach our students is to be able to adapt to changes and to respond to them accordingly.
I want to finish this post with a very simple, but powerful quote by American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead: ''If students do not learn the way we teach, we must teach the way they learn.''
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