Curriculum for the Ages – How Can You Measure This?
In Steve Nelson's impassioned plea for school standard sanity, he cites a recent intergenerational theatre program as an example of a great learning experience that isn’t used enough. He refers to his Calhoun School’s work with a senior center down the street, in which fourth graders took older adults' stories and acted them out on stage. He notes what value the process has for teaching students about history and empathy, and the joy and excitement it brought to the seniors. Nelson says, "The fourth grade students in this project and their neighborhood friends will never forget it." He then asks why such unforgettable lessons are sacrificed for test answers that are so often forgotten.
The Huffington Post, May 25, 2011
Written By: Steve Nelson