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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 29 2012: Start where you are at! As in approach school with ideas for CHANGE. Join a Parent and Carer committee to share ideas of how things can change. Start up extra classes in arts, dance, drama or whatever is "missing". Start small, for example by introducing Mindfulness practice, each day starts with a meditation, yoga session once a week, group discussions.
    Yes some things need to be "taught" but we can play with how this is done. Drama is a wonderful learning medium for this....ask the school, if they don't have drama whether they could try 2 terms of it with an experienced teacher. Sometimes old traditionalists just need to "see" the new models in practice to start believing things can be done differently.
    I remember the change from rows of desks and chairs to small group work set on round tables! I'd love to see way more practical projects happening in school that combine subjects together, holistically rather than separately...Steiner schools go part way towards this, Montessori schools too but different again.....I believe there is no one way...but the way is open for us to create.....be adventurous....avoid long discussions and debates...try, test, challenge, experiment...learning happens all the time.....focus on inspiring, and for me most importantly..ask the young people, what they need too!!

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