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What can we do? - an open letter to teachers - promoting the flipped learning

As Sir Ken Robinson ended his talk with Benjamin Franklin's quote , "There are three sorts of people in the world: Those who are immovable, people who don't get, they don't want to get it, they're going to do anything about it. There are people who are movable, people who see the need for change and are prepared to listen to it. And there are people who move, people who make things happen."

Lets be the type of people who move. Instead of questioning "why has the education system not changed yet?" or " why didn't the government take any initiative to change?" , I believe we should act within our circle of influence. It is the question of "What can we do about it?" What can we do about our education system? How can we improve it as students, teachers or parents.

As a student myself, I've been working on promoting the flipped learning , as I believe it is one of the first steps in progressing ourselves for change. Here is an open letter to teachers out there, http://faizulzuraimi.blogspot.com/2013/05/an-open-letter-to-teachers-my-name-is.html

and do visit my blog as well: faizulzuraimi.blogspot.com

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." as mentioned by John Dewey , one of the figures in Progressive Education Movement in the late 19th century.

Perhaps we too , can be one of those "movable people" .Perhaps there shall be a Digital Age of Progressive Education Movement. It all begins with one simple question , "what can we do?"

I would love to see your opinions :)

update (5.6.13) : http://faizulzuraimi.blogspot.com/2013/06/education-is-everyones-business-do.html


Closing Statement from Faizul Zuraimi

Thank you all to those who participated in this conversation and those who took the time to read and visit my blog. I've learned a lot from dialogues with you guys , the TED community, and I'm really glad that some of you sent me emails , articles and ebooks to help me in this cause. This is the first time I ever hosted a conversation on TED. Your comments and support are my inspiration and I'm looking forward to host another conversation in the near future, perhaps when I'm done with my exams. :)


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    Jun 11 2013: When I explained that it is a creative outlet that ALSO reinforces his lessons, he said "They used to use that class time to ACTUALLY learn my lessons"

    But my students used to interrupt me during lunchtime to proudly show me the work they did and showed absolute pride when I posted it in the hallway. (not allowed to post in classroom as it gives too many answers during tests, and too much trouble to turn the poster around for the duration of the test). They did much of their own work in their spare time as i refused to give art homework. They did it unsolicited and made up their own ideas on what to draw.

    I quit teaching there. I got a better paying job. I visited the school the next year. not one single piece of art was displayed.

    My dream for the future of education: A video game. an addictive one like Age of heroes or WOW (obviously with more appropriate themes) it should give quests and in order to complete them, you have to interract with with the game characters who give the presentation of the lesson. to complete your quest, you have prove mastery over the concept taught. This game should also be able to test your weakpoints and fill in the "swiss cheese" holes. This can be done with math, science, grammar, history, geography and get the basics out of the way and show the progress to the teacher who can mark stopping points for important complementary real world work such as experiments. This leaves the bulk of your school time for real discussion, critical thinking, art, dance, music, drama, social skills, life skills, and sports.

    Just putting the suggestion out there since I can't program. wink wink.
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      Jun 11 2013: When you said your students interrupted you during lunchtime and showed you their work , it really shows that your methodology worked, it seems that your students were engaged in their learning and they really enjoyed what they were doing - which i think how learning is suppose to be . To me , learning really is like a video game. Before i went for college , i took 9 months break and i spent most of my time learning new thing by taking courses , online courses and reading books, and i realized that it feels different than "learning" in school. While i was at a toastmaster meeting to hone my public speaking skills , someone told me about sir ken robinson and ted , and that's when i felt like i've found an answer and was really convinced that the education system is flawed. To further my knowledge on this , i read ken robinson's book the element and out of our minds , the more i read , the more convinced i am , which compelled me to start make school assembly presentations,start a blog and write the open letter.

      I wish there are more people like you , and i believe we can find more people like you if we just search. Since i'm still in the education myself , i really want to see change in education , and i think it is achievable because we are lucky enough to have such a powerful tool on our fingertip - the internet.

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