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Michael commented on College is only a means

Elsa, I am impressed you are still with me after my last comments.  I think the first steps to authentic learning are involved in  treating each individual as unique, to help him or her understand the strengths to use and weaknesses to overcome anything that interferes with manifesting that uniqueness.  Each student must learn know him or herself, appreciate that self and be able to realize the potential in that self through dedication to a multitude of personally important goal.  We have to teach in way that makes failing valuable, resilience natural and learning automatic.  Learning is not just about thinking and testing, but emotions, social cohesion, personal reference, intrinsic motivation, authentic environmental connection and so very much more.  The problem is we just don't give teachers much room to get this sort of thing done - but until we do, we will be forced to demand learning extrinsically without allowing our students to fit it into the intrinsic nature of their naturally occurring learning processes.  We are after all creatures of learning who suffer dramatically when that learning potential is denied.

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Michael commented on College is only a means

We need to pay attention to neurocognitive development, goal orientation, self-regulation, self-efficacy, self-knowledge development, self-determination, agency development, and a host of other cognitive and non-cognitive research while getting rid of the factory approach to education model including grades, grade levels, curriculum standards, group testing, etc..  This would involve much, much better training for teachers in order to place them in authority positions similar to lawyers, doctors and engineers while  removing the problematic, non-expert influence of  administrators, politicians and edu-business.  It is that simple