As I get older I see more grey. Ya, ya, ya … the hair jokes .. I get it. Nice!
What I’m talking about are my observations that we don’t live in a binary world of ‘Yes or No’ , ‘Black or White’. We just don’t typically live in “All or Nothing” scenarios. Our world is a series of sliding position points along a continuum. It isn’t static, measured once and labeled. It is a complex, multi-dimensional, constantly evolving space.
Need proof? OK. Some examples that are right off the top of my head include:
Practice MAY make perfect
- Physical aptitude in sports
- Cooking prowess
- Home repair abilities
- Computer use
- Essay writing
The point being, we have some ability or knowledge in lots of areas — some are just more developed than others. And in many cases increased practice results in improvement.
So our world is a patchwork of grey! Different shades of ‘greyness’ which indicate our varying abilities.
I found the following list of personal traits a while ago while internet surfing at currclick.com. The traits speak to the ‘human’ part of our existence:
It’s an impressive list — a list that speaks to some of the most important things we value about ourselves as compassionate and competent people — traits that we hope are imparted to our children. As a parent, I want my own children to have these traits — to be proficient in these characteristics so that as adults they can thrive and be happy in our increasingly fast-paced and, some would say, depersonalized world.
Take another look at the list — a closer look — but this time tell me which traits are actually assessed in schools by having all students take a standardized assessment or exam. I’ll wait — go back and take a look.
No … you didn’t go back and read them again … I’ll wait for you to finish.
If you couldn’t find a single trait that where all students are assessed in BC using a standardized assessment you’re correct … NONE OF THEM. Not ONE of these really important traits is evaluated using a provincial standardized assessment, or any standardized assessment for that matter.
Courage – Hard to Measure But Still an Important Life Skill