Daniel Pink comments on an alarming trend in education
Saw the question above posted as a headline on the terrific blog done by the author Daniel Pink. In this post, Pink is responding to a Gallup poll showing that student engagement drops dramatically as kids move from elementary school through high school.
Check out the green line on the chart to get a sense of how steep the decline is. The story behind the chart can be found in this Gallup blog post which explains that the longer kids stay in school, the less engaged they become. Gallup identifies one of the prime culprits—the “overzealous focus on standardized testing.”
As readers of this blog will know, I’ve been exploring this issue for a while, and it clearly ties in with questioning. As kids advance through school, they tend to stop asking questions. Their focus, thanks to our current test-based education system, is on memorizing answers. And a lot of them lose interest altogether.
Kudos to Gallup for investigating this issue, and to Dan Pink for spotlighting it. By the way, Pink’s latest book, To Sell is Human, identifies questioning as one of the keys to successful selling.