Educators say that employers are looking for employees with communication and "team-building skills". My ASS. They merely need an excuse to shift their laziness of not wanting to compose and grade finals.
<p>I understand that there are pros and cons when it comes to group projects. However, I find this comment really offensive as well as invalid. To say that teachers assign group projects because they are lazy and don't want to create and grade final exams is unbelievable. Not all learning should be through test taking. That is one kind of learning and one kind of evaluation, but should not be the only kind. Group projects are not easier for a teacher. There is still grading involved. </p>
<p>By the way I am a former elem. school teacher and did a bunch of group projects with my students. In fact, when I was in grad school at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I did a major paper on small group collaboration in the classroom. There is significant rationale behind what can be learned in the process of group collaboration. Some of these skills cannot be learned through testing. There is a place for all types of learning experiences as different skills are experienced in these situations. </p>
<p>I'm also a parent. My kids did group projects from K-12. Then, in undergrad school, they did many group and partner projects. One of my kids just finished a course in grad school at MIT and the final project was not an exam, but it was a small group project as well. </p>
<p>If you don't like group projects in high school.....watch out as they are also in college, grad school, and the work world.</p>