TED Conversations

Patricia Ruvalcaba

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

How can SOLEs be implemented without causing students to shun necessary but "boring" skills?

I remember when I was in 8th grade and a classmate asked me point-black what was the purpose of geography. Let me tell you, my answer of "so you know the climate of the country you are visiting or where is it" was utter rubish - both to my classmate and to me, but that was the only thing I could think of that she could actually relate to (two months later, she move to New Zealand).
In school, we are taught many things that we may not WANT to know, but that we NEED to know. Examples: grammar, composition, history, geography, mental maths, etc. Also, there are also many subjects for which we know the bare minimum (learnt at school) because we never give ourselves the time to learn about even if we know they are important (not many people actually read their country's constitution) or interesting (ethics, philosophy, art, etc.)

So... how ca SOLEs include these subjects without going against their principle (learning through self-motivation, not through imposition)

+1
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Mar 11 2013: Patricia Ruvalcaba, that is the meaning of SOLE.
    Let them go online and look the why people have learned geography.
    And get yourself out of the way.
    • Mar 12 2013: Patricia asked a good question and you tell her to get out of the way....instead of being rude think about a good answer.
      • thumb
        Mar 12 2013: Are you kidding me? You know how rude it is not to thank me about my comments first before trying to do something as social controle.

        Now ontopic, have you been studying sugata mitra? it looks like not. He puts computer in noway and then get out of the way of learning as fast as possible.

        Thank you paul lightfoot for wasting my time to post 5 sentence superficial.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.