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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 28 2013: Learning Skills: Lisanne makes a good point about the importance of learning skills. I think schools should also focus on teaching key job skills, especially soft skills.

    Self-Directed Learning: I think self-directed learning can be very useful and effective. But, students must first have the motivation and ability to make it happen. Maybe teachers could provide introductory instruction to help students get started. In grad school, my university offered a 3-credit self-study option. I had to apply and define the learning objectives, lesson plan, and text book, as well as find my own teacher. There was a lot of prep work, but it was a good experience. I produced something tangible that I felt proud of and learned useful skills.
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      May 30 2013: I absolutely agrees, soft skills are so important in the society and one without them can find it very hard to make a good living. Here in Ontario, Canada the high school curriculum has careers program which helps students with planning career path and job skills such as what you should do during an interview.

      What I really think education should achieve is a motivation and a passion for learning. Many of my friends in high school has no idea what they want, and it's not uncommon. The whole point of giving students more time and opportunities is to help them find that topic they really care about and develops in to a life's passion. Form there, self-directed learning will occur naturally and very effective.

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