A Social Brain Deserves A Democratic Classroom – Part 2

Last month’s column focused on the social nature of our brain, both in its modular organization and extended development. This column will argue that a collaborative classroom management model provides the best school venue for enhancing the brain maturation of students. A Democratic Society, A Democratic Classroom Authoritarian governments have dominated much of human history.…

The Role Of Preference In Cognition, Curriculum, And Assessment – Part 2

Last month’s column argued that our current high-stakes school standards and assessment programs are troubled because they focus principally on factual (veridical) knowledge instead of on the kinds of (adaptive) knowledge that underlie preferences and choices. Success in life depends more on our ability to make wise choices than to recall facts. This month’s column…

The Role Of Preference In Cognition, Curriculum, And Assessment – Part 1

Our society is currently obsessed with the politically powerful but biologically naive search for an inexpensive, efficient, one-size-fits-all assessment system that precisely measures the knowledge and skills of an imprecise developing brain. It’s becoming increasingly obvious to educators and patrons alike that this is an almost impossible challenge. Standards and assessment are certainly important, but…