Only can we educate our students if they’re free.
They should be able also to choose extra-goals we may plan for them.
There are goals for everybody, and there could be goals for those students who would wish them, who would like to expand their knowledge and skills as well: listening, speaking, reading and writing, in English, their target language.
For example you may think of high-achievers: when they’ve reached common goals for everybody they could choose extra-activities, or something else we teachers can implement in our lessons is for high-achievers to monitor low-achievers, sitting next to them.
If our dear students are educated in the context of freedom and liberty, they subsequently should have responsibility. Freedom and responsibility should go parallel and together. “Responsibility” comes from “response” and “respond”: one nice and fine way for our students to respond about their duties as students is doing tests, in which they have to respond some questions or activities, practical ones.
Our students should do test activities similar to the ones we have implemented in our lessons, not very different ones, not ones they wouldn’t expect at all! We teachers would ask our students for their and about their responsibility at fulfilling common goals and extra-goals as well – these latter ones for high-achievers that had chosen those extra-goals. / Photo from: Future City from Ming Tang. The picture is just a nice illustration.