ABSTRACT

Many primary classrooms are now teaching to a test in classrooms where opportunities for curiosity, creativity, and exploration are rare. Some schools have become places where learning to line up quietly is what the school values: such values as a silent class instead of students engaged in meaningful conversation, learning to take a test instead of discovering and asking questions, sitting silently at a desk all day preparing for a test. A principal of an elementary school in Florida thought that practicing for the state test, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, would give kindergarten students an advantage. Matthew Fox writes that the peoples are in need of wisdom schools, as opposed to knowledge factories. A wisdom school would honor the heart and body, the right brain of awe and wonder.