[Editor’s note: This story, originally published on October 7th of this year, was our #2 most popular story of the year. The countdown continues tomorrow with #1, so be sure to check back!]

Think about the jobs in today’s economy -- the ones we're supposed to prepare students for after graduation. Are employees evaluated using bubble-in tests to prove they know the ins and outs of their job? Do they learn and use new skills one at a time in a vacuum? The questions sound a bit silly until you realize too often that's what students take away from their education. Why...

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  • About the Author:

    Anthony Johnson is a fifth-grade science and social studies teacher at Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, N.C. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and TED-Ed Innovative Educator, and was just selected as Teacher of the Year for the Rowan-Salisbury School System.