The charming and insightful Darlene McLeod was recently published in Geez, asking a few questions:
If the world is as interesting as we like to say it is, why do we assume no one wants to learn about it, that we need to trick people into education? Why present the wonder of the Creator with the fact acquisition and dull enthusiasm of a geography lesson?
Tough Darlene was speaking about faith, it dovetails nicely with Michael Drew’s recent comment about education:
I don’t know what institutional form that will take, but from a pedagogical perspective I believe there needs to be a basic shift from an emphasis on developing knowledge and “skills” (Yglesias has written very insightfully recently on the subject of “skills” in the new economic context that young people face today) to the development of curiosity and personal drive (figuring out what there is in the world to do that’s awesome and life-sustaining for self and others, and then developing the “want-to” in young people to go do it).