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Jamia Wilson

TED Prize Storyteller, TED Prize

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What do you think is the future of learning?

In the spirit of Sugata Mitra's TED Prize invitation to the world to "ask big questions, and find big answers," tell us how you imagine learning will change in the years to come.


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    Mar 8 2013: Learning is person dependent. No technology can pour knowledge directly into human brain. However only tool sets/medium may change.
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      Mar 10 2013: Possibly we should give up the idea of filling their heads with information and teaching them how to learn.and how to locate the answers they want.

      In my boring 1950's high school there was nothing to keep a healthy young man awake, except girls and most of our days were lost in daydreaming. The educaion they were forcing on us was not relevent too us at all, but it was the ticket to higher things, so we thought. 50 years later , we look at our life and say "What have I done?"

      If you can say "I found God." your life is success. It doesn't matter how your lived, it worked, because you found your way home.

      What we know is a commodity. Each specialty has a need it fills and can finance our trip through this life on Earth. We may care for gardens or we may care for millions, each in the end, is no more or no less than an aspect of the timeless,ongoing force of creation.

      That said, we have the problem of educating children that are born into technology. We still like the old Norman Rockwell classroom idea. Dress it up and call it a lecture hall and it's still the same thing. The old education paradigm has not shifted with the times.

      Over the internet, on demand, children can have access to the very best presenters, with the very best graphics and links to whatever is required and we can free taxpayers of the backbreaking expense of an outdated system. Students would be free to learn what they want, when they want, Teachers can go freelance helping where needed.

      Summerhill proved with thier impressive results, that a school where the kids were free to learn at their own pace, helped by the teachers only where needed, scored high on all government tests. It was mainly ignored in public schooling. The system has changed little from the days of 1955, except that more kids are driven to school today.

      We are not preparing our childern for the world we are living in. We are teaching them what we think they'll need to now, in a future we can't understand.

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