I just read an article where the author repeatedly said that college was the time that you learned to think. Not that it was the only place, but it was the best one.
This actually stopped me in my tracks a bit.
We have to wait until we're at least 17/18 to start to learn to think?
No wonder things are such a mess! What are kids doing in grade school??
There have been complaints for years and years that our kids are not
learning how to really think, they're only learning to memorize and
regurgitate. Perhaps that's where this comment came from: the reality
that the school system is messed up enough that college really is the
first time most students get to learn how to think. The sad thing is
that I was working on my teaching degree 20 years ago, was being taught
all about the different ways to engage kids in different levels of
thinking, but have things really changed? On an official level, the
program of studies in our province recognizes these different levels of
thought, but with the insistence on provincial standardized testing in
grades 3, 6, 9 and the $&#*@! grade 12 provincial exams in core
subjects worth 50% of the students' final mark (and this after already
having had a final exam worth usually anywhere between 10%-30%), let's
just say that the actual thinking is not there.
different things would be if most schools were Montessori schools--where
children are encouraged and left to think (because, really, let's face
it, we start thinking at a very young age and simply have it curbed in
school to the "right" answer) long before they hit age 18.