Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Cover Story

A True Learning Path is More Than the Route to Bamboo Island
By Todd Nelson

It's a long way, for a kindergartner, at first. But it gets shorter and shorter each time you go there-or at least attempt to go on the long walk down the hill to the Ridley Creek-side path. And just how you get there on the weekly Kindergarten Hike is probably more important than the destination itself. It is, in a nutshell, the emblem for how many things happen-or ought to happen-on the learning path too. For the walk to Bamboo Island is a valuable test of some crucial skills.

Around the same time as our inaugural walk to the Island, I read an article about what's important for children to learn-or rather, how it's important for children to learn. "What matters most in a child's not how much information we can stuff into her brain in the first few years of life," writes Paul Tough in The Wall Street Journal.* "What matters, instead, is whether we are able to help her develop a very different set of qualities, a list that includes persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence." To some, these are non-cognitive skills, or personality traits. Most of us think of them as character.....

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