TED Conversations

Marco Masi

This conversation is closed.

What about an education revolution in universities?

An education revolution is always discussed in the frame of schools, high school, but rarely for University. Is the new education paradigm good only for children? Must students in colleges and universities continue to adopt the old system, because no new education paradigm is possible for higher education? I have precise ideas on that you can read in my profile section (for more details see: http://freeprogressuniversity.org/), and my answer is: no! Also the way we study and make research in universities and research centers should change. Also here we should reconsider the role of exams and grades. Also in colleges a free progress study should be allowed. Do you agree? What is your opinion? I'm looking forward for people willing to work on this idea!


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Sep 6 2013: Thank you Marco for raising the point. Having studied both engineering fields and social sciences at university, I do agree with you. I believe the current system is totally out dated since it has its roots in industrial revolution and partly modernism periods where "seeing was believing", and thereby "not seeing was not believing". Times when "one size could easily fit all"
    The system has been handed down to us devoid of our vibrant atmosphere in which human being has gained a new meaning. I do believe that the current system is totally inefficient in meeting let alone fulfilling our needs.
    To me it is more or less like plowing a farm by using bulls and horses. We need much more than that; we are desperate for a totally fresh wave.
    However, I am confident that it is taking place slowly but surely since with progress, change is inevitable.
    Finally, I believe what TED guys are doing is a great contribution to the revolution we expect in education.
    • thumb
      Sep 6 2013: A Sharif: Yes, frankly I'm not seeing much change too. I do not judge the American system which I'm not directly acquainted with. However, in Europe there are at best only cosmetic changes, if any. Sometimes we delude ourselves with some reform or superficial change, but, as I use to say, university was and still remains an authoritarian system that didn't change much since centuries. The pedagogic foundations remain the same: a professor that forces in students brain something, students repeating as a parrots the acquired knowledge, exams and certifications. And I agree with you that TED is the only place were one can breath some new fresh air.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.