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  • Andrea Hart

    Insight Labs have a provocative little manifesto here. Cultivating citizens should go a little further than this manifesto. Learning subjects thoroughly, becoming critical thinkers, having a strong moral compass, gaining the capability of applying knowledge to real world problems in insightful ways, these are all abilities that are gains for the individual and the community. Why isn't it a good idea to grow individual wealth from the view of the community as long as it is not void of these other developments?

  • Sarah Hanson

    While I agree whole heartedly with this idea, there is one point that could be problematic: "schools would become hyper-local." Given the class and race segregated nature of our schooling system, I'm afraid this could exacerbate the huge disadvantage faced by children whole live in poverty pockets. I am entirely for students using their skills to tackle real-world issues, but some issues require a lot more resources. In this scenario, we could end up with kids in wealthy communities working together to get the latest computers for their local library - while kids in poor communities are forced to face huge issues like systematic discrimination and oppression.

    • CMBG

      "We could end up with kids in wealthy communities working together to get the latest ..."

      That's how it is now. People who can afford the houses and the taxes live in the nice school districts with all the cool equipment and classes that they pay for with their local property taxes, and people with less money live in the poorer school districts that can't afford all that nice stuff. You get what you can pay for.

  • Doris Yee

    Teachers should always be able to respond back with a legit answer for the question "When am I ever going to use this in life?" If a teacher responds back with a blank stare, the class needs to be reconstructed. Hard math and complex science in high school might not be seen as relevant immediately but those were basic foundations of an education plus career for current-day astronauts, physicists, and engineers. Greek philosophy, middle eastern history, and rhetoric might be a bore for some but it has helped us Americans compare and document history, add reason for current events, or put things into perspective. I'm not one to say our schools have it right or wrong (for the reasons cited) but applying real-world context in some fashion to every and any type of class or lesson is necessary.

  • Victor Gennaro

    This is a fantastic beginning of a discussion about the role of education in our society. I am a recent college grad and feel surrounded by a generation of people who are "unemployable".

    My friends who are finding success are not the ones that got the best "grades" but are the ones who had the opportunity to learn to critically think. In this generation all of our old systems of testing and labeling are becoming outdated. We need to reevaluate how are are going to create opportunities for success for our future.