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ERIC Number: EJ937269
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Beyond Test Prep: Moving the Mission Statement into the Classroom
Jones, Emily
Independent School, v69 n3 Spr 2010
A random walk through the mission statements of independent schools shows an admirable determination to educate students for an unknowable future, for creativity and problem solving, for responsible citizenship, for resiliency. Nevertheless, many of these same schools are constrained to work towards their mission-central goals in time stolen from the classroom--in assembly presentations, senior projects, extracurricular community service, and sometimes senior electives. Teachers talk about "authentic" learning, but curricular constraints tend to make this the province of periodic field trips and occasional projects rather than the daily life of the classroom. Schools wish to inspire a lifelong love of learning, but too often the demands of test prep create a short and urgent time horizon. At the same time, virtual high schools are a booming business, offering a powerful challenge to schools that define academic success by test results. This article discusses several critical advantages of schools that have freed themselves from the constraints of standardized testing and lists some clear patterns in the actual work being done in schools with independent curricula.
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Language: English
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