- Parmeet Shah
Marathon Nextgen Realty Ltd.
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Where is the revolution in education?
I work with Marathon Group, a real estate firm and we are embarking on a school project. I am personally leading this project and I'm very inspired by the thoughts of Ken Robinson, Salman Khan and even Sugata Mitra. We want to change the traditional classroom characterized by one-dimensional lecturing and make it more interactive and leverage peer learning. Moreover, we want revolutionary and cutting edge teaching methodologies and curriculum.
So how to achieve these objectives? It seems that the best we can do at the moment is go for International Baccalaureate in terms of the board and curriculum, but that doesn't ensure any of our objectives.
One could even challenge what is taught at schools: why don't we teach things in school that will actually matter in terms of life choices like positive psychology, personality theory, etc? How relevant is history, geography, higher level chemistry, physics, etc why not impart skills and knowledge that actually matter like negotiation, presentation, etc?
Coming to my primary question: where is the revolution? who is thinking about such things and why aren't things changing?
And practically speaking, how and to what extent can I introduce such revolutionary methodologies and ideas in the school that we have to make NOW?