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Parmeet Shah

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Where to find cutting edge teaching and learning methodologies?

Schools, classrooms and methodologies have not changed much in the last few decades whereas our world has changed dramatically. I come from Mumbai, India and even the most prestigious high school sin my country follow the traditional paradigm where students spend 6+ hours everyday in the instructional lecturing mode.

The lecturing methodology, I believe, is failing miserably and is no longer relevant. First, every student is different and it is so difficult to address an entire class of 30 or even worse 50 assuming they are all on the same 'wavelength'. Second, lecturing is just plain boring. Hardly anyone pays attention. Third, lecturing may be the worst possible way to impart information. While some of the conceptual stuff may require instructional lecturing, students of today have the entire world of information available at their fingertips on their smartphones (which we inexplicably ban from schools).

My question is, what is your vision of tomorrow's education system? Also, is there anything out there already that you would recommend?

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  • Oct 17 2012: I would recommend coming to a small public school in Montana, USA. Not only do we require music and art in all grade levels k-8 but we also require dance. Every week each grade participates in a dance class that combines academic content with fundamental dance elements. For most students this class is the highlight of their week and for many students it is their time to finally excel in school. Our middle school also offers drama and dance as an elective, which is almost as rare as elementary dance class.

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