In How Children Fail, John Holt makes the following distinction:
- producers - students who are only interested in getting right answers, and who make more or less uncritical use of rules and formulae to get them
- thinkers – students who try to think about the meaning, the reality, of whatever it is they are working on
A great question to ask ourselves: What is the ratio of thinkers to producers in our school(s)? In most schools, I’m guessing the ratio is fairly small, even for our high-achieving students.
Another great question to ask ourselves: What is an average school day like for those students in our school(s) who ARE thinkers?