Rote May Not Be Right

| December 29, 2010 | 1 Comment
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From a report on NPR today, putting into context the high scores on China’s PISA international assessments.

Why don’t Chinese students dare to think? Because we insist on telling them everything. We’re not getting our kids to go and find things out for themselves.

– Liu Jinghai, Shanghai middle school principal

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  • Mark Salata (mininggems.org)

    For the past several years, I have conducted professional development workshops for teachers, parents, and students concerning inquiry-based learning. Most of them have been in Asia by the request of businesses and Ministries of Education. One advantage they see that US culture may have is the willingness to move towards an IBL classroom. Interestingly, not all are willing or convinced in the US. Part of the problem is the lack of a clear definition of what IBL means in practical terms and daily practice. The transformation of education away from rote learning practices will come from pressures in many sectors of society, but primarily it will come from students demanding it because it is more meaningful to them.