David Hamilton

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One International Online Public School K - Doctorate, Universally Expected to Provide Mediocre Education.

First, this is an idea for my country. I believe the entire public school system, should be replaced with one enormous campus in each major city, which records every class, and tags every question asked. These classes could then be broadcast online, for free to all citizens.

How do we decide who gets into the physical classes? Lottery, purely random.

What happens if you have a question, that the teacher whose class you chose to take didn't answer? That's why we tag every question asked, some other teacher answered that question for another student, and each student will have access to this.

How do we pay for this? Close lots of public schools... This is the new model, every individual has access to free education.

What do we do with our children? Libraries, and schools become computer centers and day care. What people have always claimed public school really is anyway : p

How is this going to maintain quality? It won't, it will decline slightly at first, for WAY less money though. Over time, rating videos, and customer input, will prove who the best math and science teachers in the world are. Using this model, that teacher can teach millions of students, and be paid quite well for their contribution to society based on objectively measurable metrics.

How do we test? Require each user to have a webcam, and pay someone a living wage to watch the webcams of 10 test takers at a time. You will not be allowed to run any third party software during testing, and the person watching you will look for physical cheating.

Why mediocre? It's not the best way to learn. The best way to learn is to engage in experiments and a community, however, if those aspects can be taught outside the school, this would prove the cheapest most efficient way for students to prove basice competence at a particular skill set, which they can then market.

Taxes will be reduced dramatically under this model, and many people will choose private supplements, and alternatives.

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    Sep 27 2012: Since the basis of the rest of humanity is educating our children properly, it is the ESSENTIAL investment in the future. As we (USA / UK) live in societies that 'can' afford to educate to the highest possible standard - then we only have ourselves to blame by doing it less well and providing massive issues in the future. And 'everything' will be different in the future (due to robotics et al), so the importance of education NOW will be seen as the make or break for 'quality of life' for our children and their children.
    We do need to find the best way to educate (at all ages) I have come up with different ideas on how to achieve this, see
    http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/education.html
    and
    http://www.commonsensethinking.co.uk/sft.html
  • Sep 27 2012: i'm definitely for encouraging this kind of learning, but i don't agree that necessarily it will or should turn out in mediocre education. it depends on how it will be developed. for instance you could still keep traditional schools to provide environments for experimenting and directly exchange experiences after you've learned the concepts at your own pace at home (and discussed some topics on forums for instance) it wouldn't be necessary to go to school every given day and in the same time you could use some of the taxes saved to increase overall quality (more/better equipped laboratories, computers and so on). this way you could also save the direct human connection and avoid the sort of "hikikomori" effect. as for quality why should it lower? it lowers only if you waste an opportunity to employ resources in a better way to increase quality. anyway it's something wonderful in my opinion that will have inimaginable consequences in the next few decades.
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      Sep 28 2012: I just mean that an online education, will never make up for the real thing, in some fields. We should accept that. This is the cheap public solution, not the entire educational system. Private schools should be places of experimentation and growth. Public schools should be seen as a safety net and job resource, in my humble opinion.
  • Sep 20 2012: The problem is the assumption you begin with is that all kids have access to the Internet consistently. In today's world this is still not the case.
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    Aug 29 2012: I believe that the biggest lesson learned in the public school system is the social lessons we learn. How to interact with people. I've met some people who were home schooled and you could sense something was "off" immediately. They were just socially inept. I'm not sure what long-standing implications this would have.
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      Aug 29 2012: I think we would need to find a new tool to supplement this style of education. Culture, community, family, even philosophy, and psychology, may need to be employed into a different mechanism, ie the day care where they take the classes... but, I think it could work and get people access to incredible teachers they otherwise never could afford.
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    Aug 29 2012: Hmm, I'm not sure about closing down all the other public schools that already exist to create a super-school for each city. However, I do think they should make a free, public institution and anyone can join.
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      Aug 29 2012: Just close enough public schools to pay for it at first. Eventually I think they will all be obselete though.
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    Aug 28 2012: Second... I think everyone should get on board, this should go international, be in every language, and provided worldwide.