When someone finally gets around to compiling a list of the ten most astonishing discoveries about education, here is one finding that won’t be on it: students learn most avidly and have their best ideas when they get to choose which questions to explore. In fact, this proposition follows rather predictably from another unsurprising fact: all of us tend to be happiest and most effective when we have some say about what we are doing. If we are instead just told what to do (or, in the case of schooling, deprived of any opportunity to make decisions about what we’re learning), achievement tends to drop—right along with any excitement about what we’re doing.
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