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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 22 2013: P.p.s. Please do not burn my teddy bear!
    "It is impossible to predict which concrete bits of knowledge will be useful in the future. Those who want to raise standards or "get back to basics" always try to implement their programs in terms of fixed curricula and those curricula inevitably run into problems when they try to get very specific about just what concrete bits they specify students should swallow. The point they miss is that what matters is not how well students can retain knowledge, but how well they can apply it.

    We cannot create meaningful change by promulgating lists of knowledge. We must concern ourselves with how students should learn. How knowledge is acquired matters as much as what is acquired. When knowledge is acquired in service of a goal, it remains forever linked to that goal."
    Source: Engines for Education http://www.engines4ed.org/hyperbook/nodes/NODE-74-pg.html
    Your question was posed and answered near the end of the following video.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKchzrCepbU)
    Brussels? Who is Brussels?

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