North American education has received a lot of criticism lately. Kids are bored, not engaged and not creative in schools. In response to the criticism, many schools, school districts and school territories have re-vamped the K-12 curriculum and changed their assessment processes. As well-intentioned as this solution may be, hasty actions can backfire. These actions are taking our children’s future in a dangerous direction.
Remember how the idea of an open office space gained traction and became popular? And how some big companies bought into the mainstream idea to completely re-design their workspace to allow open collaboration in hopes of raising productivity? Now, tested and tried, they’re finding poor results. People actually get distracted and produce less in these types of environments.
We are trying to solve the problems in K-12 education by the same approach of implementing mainstream, popular ideas. Popular doesn’t mean best or even good. So why are we treating our children as guinea pigs?