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Patricia Ruvalcaba

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How can SOLEs be implemented without causing students to shun necessary but "boring" skills?

I remember when I was in 8th grade and a classmate asked me point-black what was the purpose of geography. Let me tell you, my answer of "so you know the climate of the country you are visiting or where is it" was utter rubish - both to my classmate and to me, but that was the only thing I could think of that she could actually relate to (two months later, she move to New Zealand).
In school, we are taught many things that we may not WANT to know, but that we NEED to know. Examples: grammar, composition, history, geography, mental maths, etc. Also, there are also many subjects for which we know the bare minimum (learnt at school) because we never give ourselves the time to learn about even if we know they are important (not many people actually read their country's constitution) or interesting (ethics, philosophy, art, etc.)

So... how ca SOLEs include these subjects without going against their principle (learning through self-motivation, not through imposition)

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    Mar 9 2013: SOLE is an acronym for what?
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      Mar 9 2013: Self-Organized Learning Environments
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        Mar 9 2013: You have a point. I believe much of the current ignorance is due to a lack of this.

        How many know the definition of a preposition? yet what percentage of text are prepositions? therefore what percentage of ignorance/stupidity of the text?

        How many think Abraham Lincoln was a good guy who freed the slaves? What is the take in the recent movie?

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