Hayim

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"If I could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the American education system it would be to get rid of the emphasis on content. The role of specific content seems less and less important to me because it’s interchangeable. Any content will do if what we’re teaching is a love of learning and we’re asking interesting questions. No one’s going to get all the content. You’re going to learn some stuff; you’re not going to learn other stuff. What matters is that there’s content, that you’re being enriched, that there are things offered to you, and it’s being presented in ways that are engaging. But there’s tremendous resistance to this idea. It’s okay in kindergarten. But as soon as you leave middle school or high school, content becomes this big thing. 'Will the kids be ready for the SSAT?' 'Will they be ready for the SAT?' 'How will they ever succeed in college if they don’t have California history in 4th grade?' I don’t even understand that question. It’s like asking how will they succeed if they don’t have macaroni salad for dinner.”

— Hayim Wolf, Dean of Students