If we want to develop faster, we should stop trying to speed up learning.

During the last 20 years — since “high stakes” testing began to take hold — public school curricula have undergone a massive transformation. Ambitious learning standards like “No Child Left Behind” and the “Common Core” have pushed material that was once taught in high school down into the 3rd and 4th grade, and the amount of content teachers are expected to cover each year has increased steadily. The theory behind this trend appears to be that learning more content and learning it earlier will help students develop faster and better.

  • perspectives, persuasion, and conflict resolution,
  • when and if it’s possible to be certain, and
  • the nature of facts, truth, and reality.

Award-winning educator, scholar, & consultant, Dr. Theo Dawson, discusses a wide range of topics related to learning and development.

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