Monday, June 18, 2012

Race to Nowhere

As this blog talks about all things educational I thought it would be interesting to share the trailer from the new documentary Race to Nowhere. It seems to address a lot of concerns we've talked about here. Has anyone seen it?
If so, I would love to hear your thoughts. It sounds like it's shaking things up and I look forward to having the opportunity to see it.

One of the main things in the trailer that stood out to me was the observation that students are no longer able to assimilate information and form their own opinions. This is not only alarming, it's dangerous. While students may be acing their tests, that knowledge will have no impact on their lives or opinions if they are unable to use it to inform their views of the world. In our curriculums we try to focus on discussion questions in place of testing. While it hasn't always been a popular move, we felt that it was more important that students be able to discuss and consider the information they read than to be able to spit it back out verbatim.
What do you think? If you've seen the movie, I would love to hear your thoughts. Also, how do you encourage the development of reasoning skills in your own children? 

1 comment:

  1. All I can say is I am so glad God has lead us to homeschool and has blessed us with the means to do so. Praying for all families and a failing school system.