Via the Good Education website, and a hat tip to Jerry Pournelle’s Chaos Manor for directing me there, comes this story. Unfortunately, schools today are more concerned with sucking up to the government teat and downplaying the need to, well, think. Teachers are more concerned with multiple-answer tests than essay exams because multiple-answers are easier to grade, while essays require you to think more thoroughly and critically on a subject. The Socratic method of teaching, has noted in the story, has also fallen out of favor, replaced by teachers “giving” the answers to what will be on the multiple-choice pabulum. And it’s happening because students don’t want to put in the effort of learning and teachers don’t want to put in the effort of ensuring that students are truly prepared.
We really need to turn our education priorities around.