Tuesday, November 01, 2005

It's all about process, not output 

So says the principal of Wayzata Central Middle School.
I think that sometimes too much emphasis is put on the final product (grades) and not enough attention is given to the process by which we arrive at that point...
Scholar the Owl provides the story, and notes that student scores from Wayzata high schools score very well in standardized tests. No offense to the principal, but the reason I emphasize grades is that it's more often a measure of effort than talent, and I need to know my children are making the effort. Learning to give effort when it's your time to give it is both process and achievement.