This article makes a case for a more balanced definition of student achievement than is gained through absence records and standardized test scores. The writer lists many other talents and skills (many of which are associated with social-emotional learning) that are important indicators of student success.Source:
Jennifer Ferrari, Education Week, February 21. 2018Description:
"Our current education system fails to measure or place value on student efficacy and agency, or nuanced expertise that results from students' passionate pursuit of their interests. The system doesn't honor our kids' impressive ability to make eye contact and converse easily with others. The system doesn't consider our kids' collaboration skills and their abilities to work through conflicts and frustrations together. It doesn't place value on the ways in which our students support and genuinely care for one another, and it certainly doesn't place special value on the fact that many of our kids show this level of empathy despite coming from communities and environments that experience regular trauma and hardship. The system doesn't measure our kids' genuine curiosity and brilliant questions they ask and explore, nor does it measure the myriad ways in which our communities of learners find answers to their questions and problems. And finally, the system doesn't measure the joyful and optimistic culture of our buildings where people want to come to school/work each day. But these things matter. I'd argue they're just as essential as the other measures--maybe even more."
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