We’re at a strange place with regards to that, I think. I keep struggling with the current tremendous shift away from content and towards skills. Nearly all the content we once had to internalize — often simply because it wasn’t immediately available or accessible except in our own heads — is now right there on our little portable hive minds. Yet as a teacher I am frustratingly aware that internalizing content is fundamental to critical and creative thinking. It’s really not enough to have external access to, say, the Bill of Rights. It must be internalized long before insight into its implications can be considered. And ironically, one reason we now have this emphasis on the ‘skill’ of critical thinking is precisely because all that information is immediately accessible and overwhelmingly vast.

just another frustrated teacher

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