Learning for learning’s sake

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Several times, I’ve commented on posts at Joanne Jacobs’ blog that a teacher’s ultimate goal should be to create a love of learning in students.

Students should want to learn for learning’s sake — not because I tell them to learn something and certainly not for a grade.

My contention that creating a lifelong love of learning is paramount is often a point of contention in the blogosphere.

“Why should creating independent learners be the ultimate goal in education?” one inquisitive reader recently asked.

This seems so easy that I’m amazed by the question.

Is there another, better, goal for teachers?

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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series, The uNseries, and other books from some of education's most reputable teachers and leaders. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Connect with @markbarnes19 on Twitter.
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