After our conversation I was reading through my Twitter account and came across Steve Jobs' eulogy. Written and spoken by his sister, Mona Simpson, it is a moving tribute to a man who understood that everything in the world can be seen with new eyes. Steve Jobs combined technology, math & science and creativity to connect people in a way that continues to grow exponentially every day.
Learning is not just about state curriculum and assessment. The National Middle School Association released their This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents postition paper this spring. Of the 20 leading principles mentioned, only two refer to curriculum and assessment. I encourage you to download and read this document; it is, in essence, a national middle school mission statement.