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What IS the Ultimate Goal of Schools?

I was poking through my Evernote collection today and I rediscovered this great Fast Company bit about the role that design thinking can (and should) play in schools.

In it, author Trung Le said something that resonates times about a thousand with me:

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Slide - Outrank Other Countries

Trung is right, isn’t he?  

Outranking other countries on assessment tests ISN’T our ultimate goal.  Instead, our ultimate goal should be to leave kids better prepared to tackle the kinds of borderless challenges that our towns, our communities, our states and our nations are forced to wrestle with.  Whether we like it or not, issues like poverty, drought, access to healthy foods, and pollution in all of its forms are in need of solutions.

What if, instead of spending every bit of our professional energy preparing students to pass assessments of all shapes and sizes, we invested that same professional energy into helping our kids to master the skills necessary to solve complex problems with no clear answers?

Fifty years from now, our world ranking on international assessments isn’t going to mean very much, y’all.

But fifty years from now, the kids in your classrooms right now are going to be leading the world.  How can we best use our time today to prepare them to make a real difference tomorrow?

That’s a question worth asking.

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If you are interested in learning more about incorporating global challenges into the work you do in your classroom, check out Bill’s book, Creating Purpose Driven Learning Experiences — which is currently on sale for $5.00.  

 

 

Session Materials – Worldview Conference

On October 20, 2016, I’ll be presenting a session on purpose-driven learning to a group of educators who are passionate about global education at the annual Worldview Symposium on Using Innovation and Technology to Drive Global Learning.  Specifically, I’m planning to emphasize the role that Kiva Lending can play in developing globally aware students.

Here are the materials that I will use during the course of the session:

Session Slides

Session Handouts – A collection of materials that can be used to support classroom microlending projects.

SMS Kiva Club Blog –  A digital home for the reflection that Bill’s students are doing as they make Kiva loans.

Poverty’s Real Video – A video that Bill’s students put together early on in their Kiva work to convince local businesses to support their work.

We Kiva Because We Care Video – A second video that Bill’s students put together to explain the reasons that they are invested in Kiva lending.

Participants might also be interested in checking out Creating Purpose Driven Learning Experiences — a short book that Bill wrote recently that goes into greater detail about the role that purpose can play in delivering the required curriculum.


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