The Richness of the Journey (revisited)

I am convinced that our society has become so fixated on the final product, the end of a procedure, getting a grade, finishing a project that we forget the richness of the journey. Do we read a book to find out what happens at the end? If so, why do we not just read the end! Have we lost the wonderful sensation of being totally engrossed in a project and losing the concept of time, sleep and even hunger? (my daughter did this building what she called a doll house out of card board for four hours over Spring break…when she was done she never went back to it but really was involved while she was working on it!) I can remember teaching about a very interesting part of history or having a great discussion about Psychology and a student would ask me is this going to be on the test?…. and thinking to myself…is that all you really care about? I always hated reducing what we had done for two weeks in class to one page of terms and concepts that were going to be on the assessment for the unit. It seemed cheap. That the final part of the journey was simply a dry run through the information without looking at what had really been explored. Learning is more than just the end product. If you look at the grade card, do you really know what has been learned? Learning is about trying and failing, regrouping and succeeding. It is collaborating, making relationships and networking. Is our learning environment in school anything like what will be experienced outside of the schoolhouse walls? Will there be a study guide to help us prepare when the assessment is about getting the job done in our chosen profession. We spend a lot of our time teaching our students how to do high school and not enough time engaging them and preparing them to harness their passions to do something they enjoy while being productive. WE NEED TO EMPHASIZE THE JOURNEY AND ITS RICHNESS AS MUCH AS, IF NOT MORE THAN, THE FINAL DESTINATION OR PRODUCT!

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