Every night, across the country and in most places around the world, adults ask children what they learned that day in school. I ask my children this question, just as my parents asked me when I was growing up.
Last week, my six year old answered my question with one of her own: “Mommy, what did you learn today in school?”
Her question was sweet, not sassy: I am an English teacher, a curriculum director, and a graduate student at Teacher’s College. So why did it leave me at a loss for words?
I fear it’s because I have grown accustomed to thinking about school as a place where students learn rather than what it really is: a space — real, imagined or virtual — of learning.
Not a day goes by that I don’t learn something worth sharing — about young people, about literature, about education, about culture, about technology, about adults, about families — and this blog is the binder for those lessons.