Today's Classroom is a Battlefield of the Mind
In the popular science fiction novel Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card describes a future in which the fate of mankind rests in the hands of Earth's brightest children, who are misled into believing they are training for a great war to come, when in reality they are already fighting that war.
As is the nature of science fiction, this prediction for our future has entered the realm of science fact. Our children will inherit a world in peril, perhaps not from an alien threat, but from human error. They will be tasked with finding the solutions we cannot find and with fixing the problems we cannot fix.
How will we prepare them to fight that battle?
To Win this Battle, We Must First Win Hearts and Minds
It is not enough to pass on knowledge, a practice the classroom has become synonymous with. For years, we have possessed the knowledge to improve the quality of life for all inhabitants on our planet and the stability of our planet itself, but have made little progress. What will the next generations accomplish if they are cut from the same cloth or shaped in the same mold? For our children to stand a chance, we will have to do more than educate...we will have to INSPIRE. We must introduce standards that cannot be measured by standardized tests. We must develop the right academic mindset.
Four Essentials of an Academic Mindset