Thursday, April 9, 2009

Building Blocks

Give kindergarten students a set of wooden blocks and some time and they'll build things. Amazing things.

This is the proper work for five year old children. We're developing literacy in the building blocks of building trades. The best part is students have a natural interest in this work. No force-feeding, coercion, or discipline applied from outside is necessary.

Provide a set of wooden blocks and enough time to do something.

Too bad this sort of work is overlooked by No Child Left Behind reformers. (I hate that name. As if schools were deliberately leaving children behind!) To my knowledge, no one is giving students multiple choice computer scored fill-in-the-bubble tests on building freestanding towers six feet high, so achievements like this go unnoticed and unappreciated by the powers that be.

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