Michael Roberts


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What can we in the West learn about education?

In my readings online, it seems to me that we in the West like to think that we are the leading edge in all things. However, I've been reading many education blogs from theorists in SE Asia, India in particular and there seems to be a real mind-set about how education works now and how it should work.

I was wondering if there are ways that we could amalgamate Education Theories from around the globe and create a cohesive and effective way of Teaching.

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    Dec 30 2012: Any fact based and unbiased education shared on open forums without cost would be nice to begin with. But we are tarpped in this highly profitable "business" of education to develop patriotic and inwardly focused citizens out of hungry minds struggling in global economies and complex shared cultures.

    I would be more interested in how can we attract inqusitive hungry minds to "learn" from the effective ways of teaching that you develop. There are several such ways today, but how many want to learn?
  • Dec 29 2012: "What can we in the West learn about education?"

    Education systems in the West are very diverse, as are those in Asia and there is significant overlap between these two worlds.
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    Dec 29 2012: As much as schools are good, education does not depend on schools. Education depends on curious minds, people who do not rely on teachers and systems; people who would not accept excuses or the usual ways of doing things.
    Education is a life-long process; whoever is ready, willing and humble enough to learn will learn, whether such is in New York, Adelaide, Nassau or New Delhi.
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    Dec 31 2012: I believe your conversation here would be more effective if you'd tell us some of the ideas you are encountering and we could respond to specific ideas.
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    Dec 30 2012: who is that "we"? why don't you just do that? why don't you look for a school that has such education scheme? why don't you tell that to other parents in your neighborhood? why don't you tell that to teachers? why don't you organize a local campaign to change the education there?

    oh i see why. because your wise government prescribed a school system for you under the penalty of prison time and taking your child from you.
  • Dec 29 2012: Do what works best. Borrow what works best. As long as it is affordable.
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    Dec 29 2012: Yes we could dismantle public education and turn it over to the free market and we would have the most successful method of education in no time and not long after that there will be the next most successful educator rinse and repeat.

    What does not work for sure is a bunch of academics claiming... and getting a lot of money based on a flavor of cronyism.