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What's your problem?

Nov 23, 2017 jjamison

Einstein made two memorable remarks about articulating questions.
"Knowledge is having the right answer. " "Intelligence is asking the right
And, "If I had an hour to solve a problem and life depended on it,
I would take the first 55 minutes determining the proper question
to ask."

Seymour Sarsons, one of America's original thinkers about public education, poses the critical question," What do you mean by Learning?" If we spend more time as Einstein suggests on getting the question right, then with our knowledge of education we should be able to answer it.

I ask my students every year if the education system is preparing them for real life. The majority of students feel they have learned something, but not what is going to make them successful in life. Are we missing the mark with our curriculum, or are we not relating the content to real life?

What question should we be asking?


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