Whenever I see children being invited to complete “any five problems” on a worksheet—or to pick a country, any country, and then go to the library and collect some facts about it—I think of Shakespeare’s observation that “there’s small choice in rotten apples.“ And even when the options are more valuable, authentic decision-making consists of being able to generate the possibilities rather than just choosing among those provided by someone else. Nor does choice always have to be an individual matter: the benefits are multiplied if students can come together to decide. They learn to listen, to consider others’ points of view, to argue carefully, to anticipate problems and work things out.
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