Spontaneous Structure

Two competing philosophies on education present themselves.  One emphasizes spontaneity, the other emphasizes structure.  Together, they form a 2 x 2 matrix of educational possibilities, yielding 4 results.

Structure

                            High                                Low

High                       Innovation                     Disorder

Spontaneity

 

Low                           Evolution                       Dullness

 

Tony Wagner Passion, Purpose, Play

 

General Colin Powell

How do we reconcile both?  We need to position our students towards being able to be innovative and evolutionary.  They need to have structures in place to to understand conventions and to have a means for exchange and tools for academic and social discourse.  They also need to be flexible to choose how and when to use these tools to make new discoveries.  The ACE My Academics platform supports both.

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