Education: On Planning

I found a very nice piece today on Reddit about the ephemeral nature of planning for school.

I’m not their only leader. The students go on trips where they get similarly lectured and advised, marked up and graded down. Points are important, one leader tells them. Points are not important, another says. This assignment is worth fifty-five points, literature explores great ideas, science is not a mystery, you are the future, study the past. In math, call it “data”; in science, call it “evidence”; in English, a “concrete detail.” This meets expectations, this exceeds expectations, this does not meet expectations as outlined in the rubric, as if normal human beings would say such things to each other on a journey of great importance.

Please read the whole thing.

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