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What If High School Were More Like Kindergarten?

What if high school were more like kindergarten? by Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

I have a strange-looking, handmade bust of Yoda sitting atop my desk at school. I made this statue in a high-school art class because the teacher asked us to create a life-like bust of a human face. While molding my sculpture, I was exploring a little and pulled the ears into a point. I laughed to myself because it looked just like Yoda. Suddenly, the task transformed from a school assignment to a fun experiment. When I finished, I proudly presented my art to my teacher, who promptly failed me for not following instructions.

We are encouraged to help our students develop 21st century skills – including creativity – but often aren’t given the space to do it. If you want to add something to the curriculum then something else has to go. I know that I’d start by removing about 25% of the content in each module. What would you take out?