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James Zhang


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Designing a new Education System

This is basically the idea from the comments of another thread here:

What are the pros/cons of current public education?

What are things that should be kept/improved?

In that previous topic, I stated my opinions and ideas. Here's a refresh on my points.

Different people learn differently. There are introverts/extroverts, close-minded/open-minded, optimistic/pessimistic, messy/OCD, booksmart/streetsmart, etc.

Online education is rapidly empowering anyone to learn on their own individually. However, fundamentally it cannot teach people to communicate effectively to others when talking or in a seminar discussion. In other words, school should teach 75% collaboration and teamwork and communication, not 75% individualism.

Learning should be a fun thing, not a chore. Learning should also be useful to the real world.

Everyone is curious at heart. Everyone is an artist at heart.

Effective communication can be established not only when we respect our selves' and each other's strengths and weaknesses, but also when we respect our similarities.

Bullies suck, no one likes bullies. Not even the bullies like their bullies lol


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    Jul 31 2012: Ok I got a cool idea:

    Use Minecraft/Legos. Basically a year-long class assignment could be, the entire class just simply plays Minecraft on one server. Everyone's graded on participation.

    For those who don't know Minecraft is a very popular game, even among kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn2-d5a3r94.

    The idea is, there are kids who work alone on their things and there are kids who work want to work together. Other than that, there shouldn't be much restrictions to anything.
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      Jul 31 2012: Sounds good to me
      Learning is a game - the child learns at play - nature made it so, and she usually chooses the best systems.

      Let the child grow into the best thing he can be, by encouraging him to do what he finds the most interesting.
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        Jul 31 2012: And it's also really hard to hate another person when you have similar interests, in this case Minecraft.

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