Mohammad Mohammadipour

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How to Change Education - from the ground up

Sir Ken Robinson discusses diversity of students and yet the conformity of schooling. We have to remember that Education is about individual people and each is diverse. If we don’t then we will keep making the same mistakes in Education that we have. Education needs to stop being driven by top down political agendas and start from the ground which is where teaching and learning is core!

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    Sep 19 2013: In rural areas we shall implement basic computer knowledge by adding the course into their syllabus and if once we get that we have lot of opensource in internet like coursera,MIT OCW ..etc.
    https://www.coursera.org/
    http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
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    Sep 15 2013: There needs to be a change in attitudes (and understanding) among parents and society in general towards assessment. Unfortunately, most people seem to feel comfortable with simplistic reporting methods based on artificial assessment methods that end up being a form of ranking.

    Once we have moved away from these score-out-of-100 ways of twisting assessment, students will be assessed based on their individual strengths and needs, instead of out of date, archaic attitudes to measuring success.
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    Sep 17 2013: Here are some ideas today from a survey undertaken by the College of Ed at Harvard. Warning- some ideas are from second graders: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2013/09/whats-the-big-idea/
  • Sep 17 2013: There has been an emphasis on testing of a class, like 3rd, 5th, 8th, 12th grade and trying to fix after the fact is wrong. Testing should track the individual child to see how that individual is improving. The classic example would be 1 class could have a large number of bright driven individuals and skew the test - so the school jumps in the scores by doing nothing, even if they are actually bad.

    My plan would be to change the emphasis of spending to the younger age from the high school. Increase the number of pre-school to grade 3 classes and limit the number of students to 10 or less with emphasis to help the students that are struggling with individual tutoring by additional special teachers. Have the teachers follow the students - i.e. they have the same students from the beginning to the 3rd grade. There would be transfers for special conditions.

    Grades 4-8 teach with teachers by subject but the students have the same teachers for the subjects. Another change would be separate the males from the females to focus on learning.

    High School both genders together and very similar to 4-8 except when students want to take ap or special courses.

    There has been a general feeling that there should be social promotion and not giving poor grades for poor performance. Social promotion should not be allowed for the k-3 range and looked at closely at the upper grades.
  • Sep 16 2013: What educational system are we discussing? US, British, Japan, Iran, etc?
  • Sep 15 2013: i totally agree with Sir Ken Robinson and we need a real revolution in our country... they just don't pay attention to the education system and keep changing it without awareness of what is the outcome...we are moving back to past years and yet no considerable effect has been recorded in our history of education. what we can do is to get a scholarship and move to other countries.
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      Sep 17 2013: Hi Fatemeh
      “i totally agree with Sir Ken Robinson and we need a real revolution in our country”
      I assume that you know that the so called talk is not about Iran.
      ... “they just don't pay attention to the education system and keep changing it without awareness of what is the outcome”...
      I think they know what they do…look at the problem again is that really related to education?..
      …“we are moving back to past years and yet no considerable effect has been recorded in our history of education.”…
      I think regarding the scientific records we are in progress..
      …”what we can do is to get a scholarship and move to other countries”.
      I live overseas nowadays….and I’ve got the research grant for PhD program...leaving the country for further education is a great idea…
      good luck..