I read somewhere sometime that Tolstoy had an innovative approach to teaching -- "Do what you want," he suggested to his students. After the day I just had as a teacher, I'm beginning to wonder if he wasn't "onto something."
From what I remember, his idea was that students should come to school only when they chose to do so, and be taught only what they were interested in learning. Several days per week, he said, he had no students...but the rest of the time he did and those students were truly there to learn something.
Certainly, we can't subscribe to such a carte blanche approach to education -an entity that has sadly become a machine - grinding forward and away from its goal of providing students with the tools they need to live meaningful lives - leaving both teachers and students wondering what the hey they're doing "in school." What to do? What to do? It's for minds bigger than mine. Forgive the rant. It's been a particularly challenging day. Now what would Tolstoy do...?