Adolescence is an Opportunity

Great video from another 21st century learning organization, Born to Learn.

What if schools could teach through play? If adolescents could learn through doing things and creating things, rather than sitting in rows of desks?

From the minute my oldest child started kindergarten, it seemed so obvious to me that the model of age-based, teacher-led classrooms was outmoded. Why should kids sit quietly in neat rows? My son once observed that the biggest thing he learned in kindergarten was how to walk in lines. Huh.

My 14-year old daughter had a great opportunity to volunteer at a local children’s museum this summer. She learned more about herself, about child development, confidence and potential life skills than she’d ever learn in a regular classroom. Why can’t more opportunities like this exist?