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Lego philosophy

Posted on: June 25, 2021

If there is just one axiom in assessment, it should be this tweeted lesson from Lego: Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

We might also note two different approaches that Lego offers that parallel schooling. Lego sells boxed sets that require users to follow instructions so that what they build looks like what is pictured on the box. It also sells loose bricks that allow users to build what they want, i.e., free play.

Lego used to be mostly about free building and play. It is now mostly about following recipes in the name of TV, movie, and other popular culture tie-ups that make it a lot of money. Something similar could be said about schooling and higher education.

The good thing about the fixed sets is that you can still make what you want. But you have to want to do this or be encouraged to operate outside the box.

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