Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Content knowledge vs creativity, "fuel in the bucket"

Our schools should foster creativity, but they must not short-change the teaching of content knowledge.  Students need the "fuel". 
And while William Butler Yeats was right that “education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire,” it’s also true that it’s easier to ignite a bonfire if there’s fuel in the bucket.
Nicholas D. Kristof in China's Winning Schools - NYT

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