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20% Rule

Google asks employees to set aside 20 percent of their work week to projects outside of their normal workload. I have a 9 year old and two 6 year old boys at home, and they each love to learn in their own way. They are constantly asking me questions or trying something to see what happens. I know they are just kids, but I would imagine they spend more than 20% of their week interested in something that is not homework or a lesson from school. In contrast, many of my high school students seem to have lost this curiosity about the world. They don't ask questions like why or how, instead they ask me, "What do I need to know?" or "What is on the test?"  Did adults, schools, and teachers do this to them, or is this just part of growing up? This is a question that has been on my mind for years. In our current education system that is based high stakes testing, how do we inspire students to learn for the sake of learning? This is where I come back to Google's 20 p…