Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 22, 2008

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Filed under: FYI — Joyce @ 1:11 pm

Just wanted to mention that I went to see PICASSO, a Steven Martin off-broadway play presented by the Wit’s End Players this weekend past. Anyone see it?

Enjoyable show. One thing that really stuck out to me was a portion of predictions for the 20th century (the play was set in the first decade of the 20th century, so it was all just imaginary musings….)

I am inspired to make some predictions for the century ahead as a result. I would like to send an invitation for anyone else to add to this list of predictions with their own.

1. Books will find a new surge of popularity as they become banned more and more, and we will go through a reading renaissance as a result

2. Teachers will no longer be called teachers, but will come to be known as model learners: they will embark upon their own knowledge quests and invite students to come along with them for the journey. Model learners will have no central classrooms, but rather, walk throughout the town, village, community, and world…  learning as they go.

3. Curricula will be fluid, and offer choices for specialized individual learning in every path of the way so that students may receive optimum education

4. The SATs and other high-stakes tests will come to be seen as archaic measuring devices based upon a limited viewpoint of what is important to contribute to society in meaningful ways

What else?



1 Comment »

  1. My prediction is more of the same of what we’ve always had: periods of progressivism and
    periods of reaction. The high stakes testing era will come to an end, and schools will
    become more enlightened, but it will swing back the other way as politicians create platforms
    for their campaigns. Hopefully this will be two steps forward, one step back. But I’m not
    sure it really works that way. Maybe it’s more like, two steps forward, two steps back.


    Comment by scrollman — April 23, 2008 @ 10:15 am

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