I ran into this article that discusses “Biz Town”, which lets students run a small business. Students learn about the myriad details that surface when faced with real life situations. Like the Symphony aptitude in Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind, there is a large amount of information and details thrown at students. They then are required to make sense of the big picture and find solutions.
And if you read the students’ reactions, they talk about the lessons that they learned from working in the “real world”, which provides a purpose beyond the classroom. They are definitely enhancing the aptitude of Meaning, as they are working with something larger than themselves.
I know that there are ways to get our kids out of the classroom and let them apply their knowledge in a “real-world” application. In my experience, students do begin to apply Meaning to the curriculum, and they are challenged by addressing the unique issues that arise from actually applying their skills.Share