Martin Luther King, Jr. described the true purpose and largest difficulty of education explaining that “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” As an educator, I can vouch that balancing these two aspects of growth can be extremely difficult, and sometimes it can seem nearly impossible.
I can teach literacy and reading with a purpose. I can help develop a student’s writing skills. I can help them to analyze literature and think critically. I can provide vocabulary words for students to memorize, explain grammatical errors and provide solutions, and teach research and organizational techniques. Each of these items, to some extent, proves measurable in order to determine success.
But, true achievement in the classroom doesn’t stop there. In order to find true value in a learning environment, a student must first…
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