Don't Bother Setting Goals
Whenever anybody asks me about revamping an educational program, creating a new curriculum, or modifying a class in some way, my first question is always, "What are your goals?" Once you figure out what you want to accomplish, its much easier to figure out what you should change and add, and what you should not change or leave out.
Well, the Boston Globe quotes experts in the economic sphere who suggest that, at least under some circumstances, goal-setting can backfire. I wonder if and how this should change our educational thinking.