Since school let out last month, I’ve slowed down with posts here in exchange for summer playfulness with my daughter and a new blog that’s just for fun where I’ve been participating primarily in photography challenges. I am currently working on a detailed post to accompany an older post on play (Playground Politics and the Power of Inclusion), this one though centers on play’s contribution to cognitive, social-cognitive and self-regulatory development. In the interim, I want to try something different here on “cognitioneducation.”
It’s a Q&A challenge where I post a question– “I’ve got a question for you: [fill in the blank]” — and you post answers. Once a set of answers are “in” I’ll write a post summarizing the collective wisdom, including my answer to the question. To participate, you can either respond in the comment section here or on your own blog; if you choose to write your own post though, please link up to this one so I can track answers to collate for my summary.
As you can see from the title, the question I want to start with is: “What’s the purpose of education?” You might think folks on the same side of education reform debates share assumptions about this, but I find over and over again that that’s not necessarily the case. No matter how much else we might share in common, we may very well diverge on this note, perhaps without even knowing it. Whether you are a teacher, a parent, a student, or none-of-the-above, I suspect you have an answer to the question and I want to know what you think.