You see, teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. We teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight. These skills may not get assessed on standardized testing, but as children plot their journey into adulthood, they are, by far, the most important life skills I teach.
I’m not suggesting that parents place blind trust in their children’s teachers; I would never do such a thing myself. But children make mistakes, and when they do, it’s vital that parents remember that the educational benefits of consequences are a gift, not a dereliction of duty. Year after year, my “best” students — the ones who are happiest and successful in their lives — are the students who were allowed to fail, held responsible for missteps, and challenged to be the best people they could be in the face of their mistakes.
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Good Student Suspended for Being a Good Student
Has No Child Left Behind Pushed Creativity Out of the Classroom?
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Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/09/17/Making_Education_and_Innovation
Margaret Honey, New York Hall of Science CEO, argues that the rigid testing mandates of No Child Left Behind have pushed more creative and hands-on activities out of the classroom. Honey hopes the makerspace in her museum will enable teachers and students to be more creative and engaged in school.
Dale Dougherty of MAKE magazine is joined by Tom Kalil of the White House, Francisco, D’Souza of Cognizant and Margaret Honey of the NYSCI for this conversation on the role of making in education and innovation.
About the Makers
Founding Editor and Publisher Make Magazine & Maker Faire O’Reilly Media
Chief Executive Officer, Cognizant and Board Member, New York Hall of Science
CEO of New York Hall of Science
Deputy Director, Whitehouse Office of Science & Technology Policy
Plastic bullets available to police for Wednesday’s student protests
Scotland Yard says officers are free to use baton rounds in extreme cases but critics say tactic is ‘appalling and un-British’
Trained officers will be free to use baton rounds for “extreme” measures as 10,000 protesters march through London on Wednesday to voice their anger over tuition fees and cuts. Scotland Yard commander Simon Pountain said about 4,000 officers will be on duty to police the event amid fears the march could be hijacked by anarchists.
Extra police are being deployed to help prevent a repeat of the scenes in November and December last year, when hundreds of arrests were made during protests over student fees.