Uncle: How is school going?That small conversation just summed up what I think most of us see as the fault of education. As children we go to school because it if fun and we love learning. We have no concept of grades but only of the activities and great work we are doing. My son comes home every single day and tells me that he loves school and that it is fun.
Uncle: Are you getting all A’s in school?
Tanner: I don’t know what A’s are, I am just learning stuff?
Uncle: A’s mean you are doing good in school.
Tanner: My teacher tells me I am doing good so I think I am.
Education has failed when it ceases to be about the learning and is about percentages or letters. A five year old knows this, why not the people in charge of education?
The notion of grades or the concept of an “A” is beyond him. I hope to keep it that way as long as possible. I am not going to argue about grades being good or bad because there are folks smarter than me engaging in those debates. However, I will argue that education is working when kids don’t know about grades but just know that they are “learning stuff”.