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Wants vs needs

Posted on: September 20, 2018

This blog entry by Lisa Lane was a timely reminder that educators should focus on what learners need and not necessarily what they want.

Learners might want the path of least resistance. They need to learn that the easy way is not always the best way and that things worth learning take hard work.

Learners might want good grades or the easy A. They need to learn that grades are not always indicators of learning, competence, or character. The test of school is not as far-reaching or as important as the test of life.

Learners might want answers, but they need to learn to ask good questions first. Learners might want distilled wisdoms or model answers; they need to learn how to think creatively and creatively, and to embrace nuance.

Two roads diverged in a wood... I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference. -- Robert Frost

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