In conversations with thousands of teenagers visiting over 100 high schools around the US, educator Patrick Cook-Deegan found they were bored or very pressured and stressed. Most didn’t feel their high school education is relevant so he advocates changing 19th century teaching methods to engage students’ passion and purpose. Students would collaborate with their peers instead of competing with them, provide adult mentoring, and includes developing the inner live of students and real world activities. They need to understand why they are in school rather than just aiming to get into the best universities to insure a good job. Cook-Deegan is developing a purpose-based curriculum at Stanford University’s demonstration school.
Patrick Cook-Deegan, “Seven Ways to Help High Schoolers Find Purpose,” Greater Good, January 11, 2016.