Woo hoo!!! I'm so excited!
How's THIS for a step in the right education direction? The College Board is going to revise the A.P. exams in order to emphasize quality (critical thinking) over quantity (memorization). Although it will take years to revise the exams and the curriculum, it's a major step in the right direction. Don't you think?
Here's an excerpt of The New York Times' article:
"The new approach is important because critical thinking skills are considered essential for advanced college courses and jobs in today's information-based economy. College administrators and veteran A.P. teachers familiar with the new biology curriculum believe the changes could have significant reverberations for how science is taught in introductory college classes and even elementary school classrooms, and might bring some of the excitement back to science learning."
Even if your children are young, there's reason to celebrate. Such a major shift in thinking will most likely trickle down gradually to all schools and all grade levels. Sure, it will take years. But hey, it's more than a baby step. It's a leap, as far as I'm concerned.
Here's a link to the full article: "Rethinking A.P."
What do YOU think?