Aaron had this great post months ago -- this shows how far behind I am on posting things I've saved in Bloglines. Some of his excellent big-picture thinking about education (again), that is certainly related to my earlier rambling about quality of life:
"How many students out there feel as if they are in imprisoned? Would an educational institution encourage the pursuit of a particular activity if it led to integration, fulfillment, and a sense of freedom? Where is the space for such pursuits in educational institutions? Why do we shut people out of these experiences through rigid curricula and imposed educational goals? Who creates standardized learning criteria and why do we place such a premium on their achievement at the expense of happiness, wholeness, freedom, personal growth, and creative and emotional expression? What kind of society are our institutions contributing toward?"