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We do not need to change the education system

We should not change our education system; we have to make another one.
Our education system is a huge slave training for our selfish needs and purposes. We want them to replay our life, to feel that we will exist in our children when we are dead, they will continue our way, to feel that we are eternal, our self-esteem do not let us say “ok, maybe it is all wrong, this whole system of life, this way of thinking, maybe we can improve our life with a completely different approach, we do not have such a beautiful life here on earth, I do not know, maybe the technology is not the answer, maybe it is something else that we cannot even think of, maybe we have gone the wrong direction all this time". We insist in our way of life because we do not know any other. children are the only hope, they have not been influenced by our society as we have, they have less presumption than us, they can think with much more extend than us, their imaginary mind is much more powerful than us, imaginary for us, but it is the reality for them, we should not tell them they have a good imaginary mind we have to say your real world is much better than us, we should not kill every symptom that threats our stubborn minds, we should let it grow, we should make them our leaders, not to lead them to the dark that we are in it already.

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    Mar 11 2013: A fellow Bengali man has won TED prize this year. I think he is the most happening person after Salman Khan in the field of education.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html
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      Mar 12 2013: Too right, those two guys are my inspiration. Sugata and Salman kick started my research into education over the last few years and I think they are on the right track.

      I think the main points we need in any future education system can be taken from them:

      First: The software system that Mr Khan uses in his academy should be used in every school, we need to be able to track students more closely. I teach in China, which I imagine shares a common problem with india, way too many students. I have 50 students in a class and no way to really know who has problems with what. W need a system where we can better find out who is struggling in which area, and help them rather than let them fall behind.

      Second: Both of them talk about classes where the students learn from each other and the teacher monitors, this should be the future of teaching. It can let weaker students catch up, it gives the teacher time to give more attention to the kids rather than just stand up and talk all the time, it allows more use of modern technology because lets face it, none of us know more than 1% of the knowledge we can find online, it means strong students can go ahead faster and perhaps most importantly, students will be more involved in the learning.
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      Mar 12 2013: That talk is the same concept of teaching just with a different method. we need to ask why we are teaching our children, what we are producing with this education factory, to make humans that are the same as what we are_maybe_ just with better quality and more efficient? That talk is a big thing, there is no doubt about that, but that is about how to teach. I am asking "Where are you going Mr. Education", not "How are you doing".
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        Mar 13 2013: Well if Sugata Mitra and Salman Khan are taken any seriously, we are heading towards an education system in future where teachers will be replaced by facilitators, books will be replaced by videos and practical projects and students will be replaced by learners. There will be no age bar for learning, no fixed academic sessions, no diplomas awarded at the end of terms.
        For my imaginary grand son I would want a Miss Education who he can take out for a date.
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          Mar 13 2013: :) ..Well, what I am saying is she is too old for him.

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