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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: Systems are to be put in place to help research and learning; but we should be careful of the entitlement mentality that is so 21st century.

    In the end, education is mainly a personal responsibility.
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      Jun 11 2013: Yeap , couldn't agree more. Education is indeed personal and the education system seems to suggest otherwise by having to much emphasis on conformity, rather than diversity. And as a student , being in the information age where there is too much information, i think it's more useful when the teachers guide us as mentors to apply the knowledge we acquire , enhance our thinking skills and make good decisions. Still , it is the fault of the system , not the teachers. But i do have high hopes that this cam be changed
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      Jun 11 2013: That reminds me of the quote:

      "The only time my education was interrupted, was to go to school".

      Life gives us an education, it is up to us to learn or to turn a blind eye.
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        Jun 11 2013: Yeah , good point. If i'm not mistaken mark twain quoted that. :) in the end , as mentioned by feyisayo, it is mainly a personal responsibility
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          Jun 11 2013: Actually, noone really knows who said it originally. That is why I did not put a name next to the quote Faizul....I personally thought it was George Bernard Shaw :)

          I applaud your fine efforts in getting young people educated.
          You have had some wonderful contributions to your conversation, and much exchange of ideas, and sites.

          Thank you for hosting it.

          Be Well,

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