Chris, I am not sure this vision for life is pondered in most K-12 education settings. “Without the ability to convey your point of view whether it be on paper or in verbal form, can make the difference between landing your dream job or settling for whats left”.
My four children attended a Montessori school through 6th grade. I still remember a teacher telling stories of the amazing creativity and skills that would come out of these children. More astounding is the lives they have went on to lead.
Their writing was off the charts because there was no form to it in the early years. Write what lives in your heart. Make it fun and imaginative.
Show and tell was always a highlight of the week. There was one little guy that forgot to bring his item. He stood up and talked about a piece of lint on the end of his finger and made it interesting.
These children did not embrace the fear of failure. There was no constant measurement of whether or not they had the right answer. They were free to learn.