The Importance of Student Autonomy

“The most common way to teach is through a textbook or a series of textbooks and a scripted curriculum. And then, let the test decide if the students learned anything… This is schooling, not educating. And the long-term impact is that students likely won’t have that autonomous spirit they need in the work environment. This is not what most teachers signed up for. It’s not. I don’t think there’s a single teacher candidate that said, “I want to be a teacher so I can help kids pass standardized tests.”

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