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Parmeet Shah

Marathon Nextgen Realty Ltd.

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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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  • Nov 5 2012: I don't believe one can find cutting edge teaching or methodologies. I believe we can find better ways. Adapting, adjusting, feeling, going/keeping up with the flow of available resources, technology etc. If the laptop is the 'teacher' then it contains the lessons and the tools that are there to get the message across - we design this. We also design the skills a teacher needs. This is where we could go back to the drawing board and take a look at the bigger picture of what teaching really is about TODAY. A forum for discussion, bringing in all levels of teaching, looking at failure & success. bringing feedback from this back to the governing schooling boards & asking THEM to open their minds to ideas, changes etc. Flexibility & wilingness to try something different is a condition.

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