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What can we do to change education?

My name is Hunter. I am a senior in High School and my english class recently watched this video.
This question was asked to me by a teacher to me back in 9th grade. His take on this was that there should not be an A - F grading scale because all kids do is shoot for an A. That's all. Nothing past that. All they need is an A to make everyone happy. I agree with this statement 100%. The problem is, how do we fix this? What scale can we use in order to make schooling more beneficial to future students? How do we get students to reach their full potential?

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  • Apr 19 2013: We need to stop changing education, look back in time see what worked, figure out why, make a plan, make it interesting, make it worth of bright minds to uplift everyone and stick to it. Children are too often the guinea pigs of well minded people.
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      Apr 19 2013: What did work?
      • Apr 19 2013: That's an excellent question. I fear that what worked in history won't work anymore, that fundamental changes need to happen in order for education to move forward.

        In Holland, where I live, a few cities have embraced the 'Steve Jobs School', which claims to be a kind of education for this day and age, concentrating on each individual child's talents, and providing the very latest in technology. It's still a new concept, but I intent to follow it closely and see how it develops.
        I can't find anything on a Steve Jobs School anywhere else in the world - does anyone know about that?

        Here's one of the schools in Breda: http://stevejobsschoolbreda.nl/
        • Apr 21 2013: Hi Lisanne hennessey:).That's great to see Steve Jobs School there.Once I shared Steve Jobs quote with my students:Stay hungry,stay foolish.That's good idea we can concentrate on each individual child's talents.Best wishes.
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          Apr 22 2013: Hi Lizanne,

          I've never heard of the concept, but please do follow it closely and keep us up-to-date. I took a peek at the link you provided and I'm a bit skeptical, really...

          I can't stop getting a picture of a TV-documentary 20 years from now - "I was in a Steve Jobs School so I'm pretty creative but I don't know how to use a thread and a needle, how to make a sandwich or catch a fish and if my tools of education and leisure break, I'm completely dependent on Apple-people." Maybe I'm overacting, I do not fully understand what no. 2 (Combinatie van fysiek (schoolgebouw) en virtueel) of the 4 main components in the concept should mean... One question - who's paying for the project?

          We do need to find and concentrate on each individual's talents but some basics need to stay. iPads don't hold a battery forever and no individual should be helpless if the playtools break.
          Another question - aren't the products designed to be user-friendly so that nobody needs to learn how to use them before they use them? It's a part of the concept, isn't that correct? And if it is, why create a school?
          Another thing is that if you really want to get anybody - child, teen or adult - to understand HOW things work, you don't provide an iPad, but basics of Unix and DOS. Not in pre-school, obviously, but at some point it would be profitable to mention those...

          But really interesting, thanks so much for sharing! :)
        • Apr 23 2013: Lizanne fear that what worked in history won't work anymore, that fundamental changes need to happen in order for education to move forward.

          so you think that literacy, and numeracy are things that didn't work...

          Well judging by the standards of some American schools and some Europeans ones...I can see why they dropped it.

          As for 'Steve Jobs School' i think that's an absolute travesty, i pity the kids that go there, but I wonder if the teachers know that Jobs... Dropped out.

          Probably not, and in that lays the rub.
      • Apr 25 2013: "What did work?"
        Kids from all over the world would learn the exact same thing "back in the day" so that no matter where they went in the world, they could function in society. All people needed to know in past times was how to read, how/what to right, and how to solve basic math problems. If you knew all of these things, you functioned well in society.
        This way have thinking still hasn't change. The main subjects that are still taught in schools are English, Math, and Science. Yes we have added more than a few subjects in school, but if you do well in these classes, you will function well in society.
        What worked then does not work now.
        The question we should be asking is "What/How can we teach to make students reach their full potential?"
        One of Sir Ken Robinson's videos talks about a young woman who did not do well in school. She could not sit on a desk listening to a teacher lecture for 12 hours a day. This young woman's mother took her daughter to a psychologist of some sort. The mother and psychologist left the room BUT right before they left, the psychologist left the room, he turned on the radio. The young woman started to dance.
        The problem was not that the girl wasn't smart or anything of that sort. The problem was that she did not fit into society's way of teaching. The girl was taken to a school of dance where she fit in perfectly with all of the other students because she was just like them.
        The young woman is now a very well know dancer and makes millions of dollars.
        She reached her full potential and did so by doing what she loved rather than sitting in a classroom learning how to take a test.
        What if she had just stayed in school? She could have been a "horrible student" meaning she failed her classes.
        There is a problem with education.
        Whoever "we" is needs to fix it.
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          Apr 26 2013: What is meant by "functioning well"? Contributing to the depletion of the planet by making more unwanted packaging?

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