Week# 3 Discussion# 2

The Purpose of School

In the discussion post last week, Sir Ken Robinson suggested that schools are killing creativity. Seth Goding also challenges us in his TedTalk, Stop Stealing Dreams: Seth Godin at TEDxYouth@BFS, to think about what is the purpose of school. He suggests eight things that will change education and shift our education system, including “there is zero value worth memorizing anything ever again. Anything worth memorizing is worth looking up.” He also shares that “we should measure experience instead of test scores” and “grades are an illusion.” What connections do you see to the ideas that Sir Ken suggested about schools killing creativity? Are Common Core State Standards a help or a hindrance in fostering creativity? How would following Seth Godin’s advice support or inhibit the idea that our students need to be better prepared to compete against others in the global economy? How would this advice inhibit or improve the ability for students to learn twenty-first century skills? Explain your thinking.