Too many teachers are locked into being purveyors and transmitters of information, smiling supporters of acceptable behaviors, and, in the end, authorities who grade multiple-choice examinations. It would be better if teachers were mapmakers, distributors of tools, sowers of ideas, stimulators of creativity, guides to the puzzled, and models to growing children.
Learning speeds up when the process is fun, and children need and enjoy the freedom to “fool around,” as they call it.
[And how about adults? –J.A.]