Beane (1997) asserts that curriculum integration begins with the view that “young people have a right to be intelligent, to be well informed, to search for meaning in their world, to be engaged with significant issues, to do authentic work, to learn the whole story, to think critically, to form values, to make judgments, and to be respected” (p. 103).
I believe that children are born wired to learn: in their unique way, and in their own time. As the poet William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Educators must start and end with the students – with their interests and wonderings about our world – to ensure that our “marshmallows” are aimed towards wide open mouths.
and that, said katie, is the end of another essay. and i even managed to stay within the word limit this time. boo yah. i think i've earned 24 hours off.