If you haven’t already read Michael Roth’s op ed “Learning as Freedom” from last Thursday’s (Sept. 6) New York Times, you should. And not just because he draws heavily on John Dewey (my inner historian is completely geeking out), but because it’s about wanting a broader vision for students and learning – and because what he describes about ” . . . develop[ing] habits of mind that allow students to keep learning, even as they acquire skills to get things done” is not just food for thought for higher ed, but offers much for the debate about where and how best to employ testing and other mandates vs authentic and more interactive teaching and learning:
And if you’re really brave, I highly recommend taking on Dewey yourself, if you haven’t already. Perhaps Chapter 5 “The Nature of Freedom” from Experience and Education. Yeah, it was published in 1938 – but guaranteed, the argument resonates in the here and now.