Measuring Learning; What are the right questions to ask?

By Cameron Jones

The 55 Minute Question is a show inspired by questions, and the thinking that follows them. It is a show that is loosely inspired by a quote attributed to Einstein: that to solve a problem, spend 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, and the remaining 5 minutes on the solution. The 55 Minute Question is a show that believes what education needs now, more than ever, is big ideas and a space to try them on. Because as Chris Phillips writes in Socrates Cafe, and Gord Downie sang, “life is not a dress rehearsal.” This is our life.

Spurred on by a recent media piece suggesting that final standardized exams are not to be sacrificed in this time of pandemic disturbances, Cameron Jones asks whether or not we are even posing the right questions when it comes to measuring learning.