Swarming the Classroom

 American poet and etymologist John Ciardi once remarked, “The classroom should be an entrance into the world.”  In contrast, we are not providing the most optimal entrance.  Derek and Laura Cabrera from Cornell University inform us that we should strive to create “Knowledge-able” students not “Information-full” students.  Contemporary classrooms (from elementary school to graduate school) are structured similar to a manufacturing line and typically produce students who are full of information.  However, in order to produce knowledge, we must introduce “thinking” back into the classroom.  Once we do this, we will start creating students with real knowledge as “Knowledge = Information X Thinking”.[1]

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