Is it time to consider the Whole Child? Not long ago, a friend and I were talking about different approaches to education. We, like nearly everyone, agree the current public educational system can do better. But, is the movement to narrow curriculum, increase class time, heap on homework and focus on rote memorization for standardized tests the right answer (as promoted by programs like “Race to the Top”)?
Can we do better than merely try to improve a system created in the 19th century for the needs of the Industrial Revolution? What’s best for the kids? What qualities do we want to encourage? Are there other approaches? Alternatives?