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Yuting Liu

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Education is not about school, is the passion for knowledge.

It is very interesting to me that when ever we talk about education, we automatically thinks of school system and how bad they are at doing their job. True schools were build for the purpose of learning, however from my personal experience I would like to say it is not the only place to be educated.

When Sir Ken Robinson talks about education revolution, I think he missed some of the important points. To me, education revolution does not only mean school reforms, but going beyond schools. What I find so precious about learning out side of school is the willingness to acquire more knowledge. I become fascinated by the subject itself and uncontrollably wanting to know more about it. More importantly it gives me freedom to explore deeper and deeper, there is nothing called curriculum to limit you from learning.

Isn't that what we are trying to achieve in our school system but never succeeded? The true passion for knowledge and limitless curiosity.

I believe we are getting it wrong.School should not be the one and only place of learning. We are not giving our next generation enough time to find out all the possibilities of future. We live in such a complex society today, how can our children know about the lastest achievements when they are still learning knowledge centuries ago?

But please don't get me wrong, I still see school as an incredible place to learn knowledge and skills, and gather with people of the same passion. What I'm seeing is that the tight curriculum seems to be limiting potential

Here I'm calling for a change, to cut down the current curriculum and give children the time and opportunity to find out all the things that intrest them. Let our next generation explore the world freely, and pursuit their life's passion. By doing so they will acquire all the necessary knowledge, because that's what they truly wants to learn.

The value of education is the passion for it. If the children are passionate, why wouldn't they learn.

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  • May 27 2013: I partially agree with you. School is not just about knowledge, it's also about skills. The last couple of years, I came to see my education as a hurdle to being able to do what I want to do. It's not a facilitator, which I find depressing.
    One of the great complications in education reformation, is in my opinion the emphasis on standardized testing. Not just the curriculum has to be changed, the way we seem to have a need for subject-related scores is detrimental to true education. I get that people want standardized scores to know the potential of a learner, but I think testing can be more focused on learning skills instead of subject-related knowledge that learners have crammed mindlessly.
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      May 27 2013: I totally agrees with you, school plays an important role in education, it's a great place to gain essential skills such a communication and a platform for the curious minds to get together.

      I think I didn't quite express my idea clearly above.

      The point I want to push across here is that school sets too much limitations on students. They designs the curriculum in a way that it feels like it is the one and only path to success in the subject. Using tools such as standardized testing as you said, it really limits other possibilities of different paths to success.

      That's why I wish the curriculum to be redesigned, cut down the content and leave the teacher and students the time to explore other possibilities in the subject and great conversations of ideas. I have been studying in 3 different school systems, and every single one of them are trying to squeeze as much as possible in to the little calendar. The success of teachers seems to be dependent upon the completion of content, rather than the interest and curiosity of students. I mean most teachers are trying to accommodate them, but when the clock is ticking by we have to move on to the next topic.

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