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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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  • Aug 11 2012: the grades the helped me was k-6 thats it
    from then on it should be baised on what the individual would like to do what they like
    look at the olympics some of those people have been training sense they were really young they found a passion and they were helped threw it by the people around them shouldn't school be just like that
    sure not every one knows what they want to to at that age but that should be the time when they experiment with different things rather then when they graduate high school and they had time to do other things that might interfere with their education.

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