Model of Education

I like talking with my barber, Felicia. While she makes quick work on my hair, she gives me spanish to practice. Last week, I had no time for espanol. While Felicia cut, I read. I couldn’t take my eyes away from an article on transforming education in the 3rd world. For the last few days, my mind keeps asking: what’s the applicability to our schools?

Even if we know the truth, that real “knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student, but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration,” how does that jive with existing corporate reform which demands ever more structure, and ever more conformity? We know kids learn best when they’re learning is self-directed and when they’re figuring out things that they’re interested in. So, why don’t we give them more things to do? to make? Real world problems (that are part of their life) to solve?

I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I suspect because there are fewer barriers to change in the developing world (especially where formal education is close to non-existent), massive shifts in public schooling will first happen elsewhere.

Take a peek at Joshua Davis’s piece in Wired, “Creating the Next Steve Jobs” and Sugata Mitra’s Ted Talks: thoughts on how kids can teach themselves and building a school in the cloud.

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