Scott McLeod has posted four big questions to ask about a lesson, unit, or activity. Here’s the third one:
C. Authentic work. Did it allow students to be engaged with and/or make a contribution to the world outside the school walls. Did it really? [If not, why not? Our graduates need to be locally- and globally-active so that they can be positive citizens and contributors to both their community and the larger world.]
There doesn’t seem to be any point to this question unless we assume that studying isn’t inherently the authentic work of students (and why wouldn’t it be?). And that the study of music, art, literature, geography, history, language, math, and science isn’t engagement with the world (it is, isn’t it?). Or that contributions to the community within the school walls don’t count somehow (they do, don’t they?).