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While watching videos lectures by Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally known education advisor, I came across this one. A good deal of it made me think more about the state of the school system in America and what we believe to be the “right” and “wrong” ways of teaching children. It is impossible for me to agree with absolutely everything he says, but he made some very powerful arguments that are worth considering. Plus, he speaks in an engaging, humorous way.
Every country on earth at the moment is reforming public education. There are two reasons for it. The first of them is economic. People are trying to work out “how do we educate our children to take their place in the economies of the 21st century”? How do we do that, given that we can’t anticipate what the economy will look like at the end of next week as the recent turmoil is demonstrating? How do we do that?
The second, though, is cultural. Every country on earth is trying to figure out how do we educate our children so they have a sense of cultural identity and so that we can pass on the cultural genes of our communities while being part of the process of globalization; how do we square that circle? The problem is, they’re trying to meet the future by doing what they did in the past, and on the way they’re alienating millions of kids who don’t see any purpose in going to school. When we went to school, we were kept there with a story which is if you worked hard and did well, and got a college degree, you would have a job. Our kids don’t believe that! And they’re right not to, by the way. You’re better having a degree than not, but it’s not a guarantee anymore, and particularly not if the route to it marginalizes most of the things that you think are important about yourself. And so people say we have to raise standards if this is a breakthrough. You know, like, really? Yes! We should! Why would you lower them? I haven’t come across an argument that persuades me of lowering them. But raising them, of course we should raise them.
originally posted by: Aazadan
a reply to: waftist
A few weeks ago, I posted an idea I had for changing the testing system. I think that changing the way we test, and how we track student progress with those tests is the best way to improve our schools. We need to do a better job of identifying good job tracks for everyone. Rather than pushing everyone to college.
Every country on earth is trying to figure out how do we educate our children so they have a sense of cultural identity and so that we can pass on the cultural genes of our communities while being part of the process of globalization; how do we square that circle?
originally posted by: waftist
a reply to: Aazadan
Tracking eh? Sounds good to me, a more intimate relationship with each individual student to assure their progress and I think there should be more resources put towards these lagging students.
As far as jobs, yes more trade skills should be offered and taught at all schools. As fast as innovation is moving, it seems jobs will come with it, but at the same time technology is reducing jobs these days also. I guess tech jobs will remain in demand and medical fields seems strong. We are moving so fast too, that a new system must incorporate adaptability and flexibility to withstand the (r)evolution of technology. The next ten years will move so fast, and instilling something new now, has to be able to move and change with the times.
Could you link the idea you were talking about, thx.