July 15, 2005

So What’s Missing?

After reading this post The Kids Are Better Than Alright, it seems to be that kids aren’t as bad off and education isn’t in the crisis that many think it is. So if kids are overall, doing better academically, what are the big concerns? What’s missing?

My belief is that while our level of intelligence may be improving, we need to consider whether increased intelligence is the main goal of education. What are students able to do with intelligence and is that measured with typical achievement tests? I’ve always contended that traditional testing has to be re-examined, but I do think that this kind of data should make us back off a bit from the “back to the basics” push. I think the basics are for the most part in good shape. I think the basics or traditional thinking may not be the best thing we can provide students. They need more than that.