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Chetan Pinto

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What is your opinion on the New Teaching Manifesto? Can it be implemented in a school/college?

Education is learning by doing!

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The New Teaching Manifesto a scalable template to quickly implement Multiple Intelligences and Bloom’s Taxonomy in the classroom. It is a framework for improving critical thinking and creativity in schools. It hopes to reform an education system based on textbooks that tell us how things should ideally work but does not let us try it out until the ‘student is ready for it’or for fear of failure or a need for seeking perfection before getting started! The NTM aims to change this by encouraging students to think critically about the challenges we face today by exposing them to real-life, real world challenges for a comprehensive, well-rounded understanding of our world based on multiple perspectives and literally crate and build solutions to check their understanding.

All the education imparted through the NTM can be personalized and contextualized in such a way that the students discover their own self through the activities they do, the things they build, through their interaction with other students, with their parents and family members and the community. All of these enriching experiences based on observation or imitation would be accounted for in their grades and assessment or at least an individual project portfolio to begin with.

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    Apr 3 2013: Chetan, NTMs appear all of the time. When I went to school we had rote memory ... then came select math and we had to memorize theorems ... each time a new doctorial candidate come up with a new thought we go into a test bed. The tools are not new .. Blooms has been the foundation for syllabus and testing since the 50's ... the idea of application versus multiple guess has been in vogue since Singapore kicked all of the world butts in PISA exams ... what is being addressed is the "ownership" of education by the textbook publishers and the test writers. If we go one step further and get the feds (USA) out of education and return states rights we will again leap forward. When the gov is involved we hear what they want us to.

    I often propose that we design a map from K - 12 in each subject area comprised of modules that define a goal. Each student works at their own speed and must demonstrate "compentency" to advance to the next module. Thus called "compentent / non-competent training / education. Hand and hand is the admission that college is not necessary for everyone ... thus two tier syllabi .. 1) college prep and 2) manual trades / arts. By doing this you take the onus off of the teachers and onto the students as they are doing what they enjoy are show a talent for.

    A true benefit of this system is that students could advance academically while staying with their peers for social development. Under the current system we place a 12 year old "freak" into college with 20 somethings where only the mind matches.

    Can it be implemented .... yep. Should it be ... only time will tell if that was the right decision. The system has learned to protect itself and the nest makers are careful about changes that would desturb the nest.

    It is my opinion that schools are no longer about the student but about money at all levels. Scary .. huh. Do you think that is true?

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    I wish you well. Bob.

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