Students learn through authentic, active engagement” is a lie?

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  1. A very clever delivery, and I agree that we must change, but the author of the message does oversimplify a bit by including the straw-man comparison to say that active engagement should replace “drill & practice.” Its a false dichotomy to pit these two against one another. If we want our students to go far, they need to learn to BOTH master basic techniques AND to engage with the world in innovative and creative ways. In some cases you might be able to achieve both in the same lesson, but not all. There is still a need for some basic practice of basic skills so that kids have a core set of knowledge and skill to use as a backdrop for their innovations and creations.

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