Shelby Andersonover 1 year ago
The argument between weather or not to teach skills or content is nothing new. The thing is, in order to teach these skills you need content - weather the facts are going to be outdated soon or not. How are you going to teach critical thinking skills out of thin air? It is much easier to create a lesson plan about members of the U.N. (even though they might be outdated soon) and teach students research, writing, and critical thinking skills through that content then it is to create a lesson plan about what critical thinking is. Without examples and practice, students will never learn.
Finding the balance is something that many good teachers struggle to do, because you don't want them copying out of books things that might not carry on to when they exit the public school system. At the same time, how do you work with thirty some students, some of which have no desire to be there, and get them to understand what it means to become a globalized citizen, to be open minded? Absolutely, students should not regurgitate facts, but how do you go about consistently teaching abstract skills like globalized thinking?