A friend had sent this letter awhile back about “PBLs” or Problem-Based-Learning. I re-read it the other day. It is well worth reading. I asked if I could post it. The answer: “I have no objections to sharing it… I’d prefer to keep my name off it… for now.” And so I post it with permission, from “anonymous.”
It contains nuggets such as:
- How am I to feel? How should I react if my own son is scoffing at me because he seems to have been convinced that I kill Penguins because I bought a pumpkin?
- The solutions always attempt to control other people’s behavior… Are you trying to mold them all into life-long activists instead of life-long learners?
- Why should kids be stemming the tide of the ocean when they can’t tie their own shoe? Shouldn’t we focus on basic skills before saving the world?
- By veering off course with a PBL-based curriculum, we are leaving our children under prepared for junior high and high school.
- Being able to regurgitate someone else’s opinion is not the same as being able to think critically.
All presented with real stories and thoughtful analysis.