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Make Schools More Human

Jal Mehta, The New York Times |

The pandemic is giving us an opportunity to make a pivot that we should have made long ago. We have been on a treadmill of short-term fixes, pretending that if we just get the right test, the right incentives, put the right pressure on teachers and students, they will achieve what is good for them, like it or not. But we are realizing what we should have known all along: that you can’t widget your way to powerful learning, that relationships are critical for learning, that students’ interests need to be stimulated and their selves need to be recognized.

Dr. Jal Mehta

Dr. Mehta is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education who studies how to transition from rote learning to deep engagement.

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