Somewhere along the line we settled for test scores and conforming to the “expected.”
In Eric Liu & Scott Noppe-Brandon’s book Imagination First: unlocking the power of possibility, he notes:
Today’s culture of testing and data collection in education was born of a good intention: to close the persistent achievement gaps of race and poverty. But over time, ends and means have sometimes gotten muddled. Too many public schools focus on the measurable to the exclusion of the possible. As a result, too many students end up better prepared for taking tests than for being skillful learners in the world beyond school. ~Eric Liu & Scott Noppe-Brandon
I believe they have landed on something here…But it’s not only in education, it’s everywhere.
It’s time to empower the “What if?” questions along with the “What?” questions.