Thursday, January 11, 2007
Welcome to "Smart and Good"!
This is the opening installment in a discussion that will range far and wide in considering all the ways educational institutions (especially but not only schools) are intended to shape learners as both smart and good. In this age of standards and testing, the focus is -- inordinately -- on what it means to be "smart." But any educators, any parents, who take a moment to ponder what they are doing will find that the images of development they have for the young people in their lives incorporate both the academic (what's worth knowing) and the moral (what's worth doing). In other words, they are always focused on both the smart and the good.