SEL Fact of the Week, 11/21

Schools must foster the use of imagination when interacting with information. Students are naturally curious and creative; however, these inclinations too often fade over time. many argue that for all the fireworks, modern technology dulls the imagination of young people by doing all their imagining for them. At the same time, many prominent educational writers bemoan the fact that our current approach to schooling dissipates, if not downright discourage, students’ curiosity and creativity (Bronson & Merrymann, 2010; Kim, 2011). In sixth grade, 78% of students agree with the statement: “At school I am encouraged to be creative.” in twelfth grade just 62% of students agree.

Student Voice-The Instrument of Change, Russell Quaglia & Michael Corso


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