Monday, May 10, 2010
Two approaches to teaching:
Should the spreading branches be trimmed to keep them neat and manageable? Or should the trellis be expanded to let them grow?
Many teachers are disgusted with their colleagues who give their students the second option.
My personal view is that teachers need to teach kids some self-discipline, but that if students are encouraged to expand into the best possible version of themselves, which requires learning how the world works, they will do what is best for themselves and society as a whole. I don't believe that wise people get ahead by walking over other people. They get ahead by preserving and developing a fair society.