Do Students Really Remember What They Learn in School? Life and Career after Exposure to the Good Work Course
At the end of a typical university semester, professors will hand out evaluations to students with the hope of garnering insightful and constructive feedback about a course. Unfortunately, professors will typically distribute these evaluations in the final moments of class or in conjunction with an examination. As such, students will frequently dismiss the questions, providing vague or incomplete responses as they aren’t allowed the time necessary to produce thoughtful answers
James Heckman, Nobel Prize winning economist, has just published a 435 page collection called The Myth of Achievement Tests. On the surface it is a well-documented critique of the GED (General Educational Development) examination. But as one leafs through the volume, it turns out to be a 400+ page hymn-of-praise to character education. Heckman and his three co-editors see the development of character as at least as important as IQ/SAT measures, if not more so.
The intent of the “Fourth Grade Project” is to lessen prejudice, oppression, and violence by sharing stories that prompt people to change their views of the “other” and of themselves.
If Indian society’s transformation is akin to a storm, then at its eye is India’s youth. They will inherit India’s growth, yet are lost in a results-driven frenzy. How do we teach youth to confront today’s issues?
I was talking last week to a 2013 Rivers graduate who is doing a gap year before she attends an Ivy League college. She spent two months in Tanzania, working in a clinic that delivers babies. She actually delivered four babies herself. Her experience was transforming. She now realizes that she can make decisions about her life, that she does not have to follow a prescribed path that leads to “success.”
Eric Liu is a former speechwriter for President Clinton and the Founder of Citizens University and the Civic Collaboratory. Lynn Barendsen had the opportunity to talk with the civic entrepreneur recently, who shared some of his thoughts about Collaboration.
Leadership is a broad concept, with several dimensions and perspectives. No single theory or example can explain its depth or intensity, and no single leader can exemplify all qualities of leadership.
Much to my excitement, angst, and disbelief, the culmination of a nearly seven month project had arrived. Amongst the chaos of shuffling students dressed as Dr. Seuss characters, construction paper, and books, I stopped my frantic running around at the sound of bus airbrakes and 250 second graders chatting and giggling as they marched to the gates of the Freedom High School (FHS) football stadium.
As a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University, I recently completed a course that encompassed research-based theories on student thinking and learning. I was intrigued by the content matter and found myself reflecting on the elementary toolkit activities through the lens of a landscape of thinking skills.
We want our student leaders to approach their work professionally, and with the understanding that some initiatives and projects will take work. We want to learn from them, just as they want to learn from us. We would like them to be respectful. And, most common- we want them to be honest.