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school was invented about 100 years ago. Should it be re-Invented again?

sitting in-front of the teacher , that spells out information is boaring and very old fasion. kids are board. teachers are bard. in todays WEB ebvironment, information is at the tip of the mouse. how should the new school look like? how should it operate?

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    May 22 2011: It comes down to administration.

    There are certain sacrifices that have to be made in order for schools to operate - considering numbers of students, maintenance of property and resources, limited funding, delivering a curriculum that is relevant and varied, assessment of students in a meaningful and useful way, assessment of schools and the Ministry of Education.

    Once these issues are solved to the satisfaction of all, then we might see the application of some of these grand ideas for 21st century schooling.

    Ultimately, parents have to take responsibility for the education of their children. As they should for their health and social skills.
  • May 24 2011: As a teacher myself, I find myself considering this question regularly.

    I find that a set curriculum can stifle a learner's progress. Our knowledge is expanding at ever increasing rates, and the curriculum is generally based on information that is at least ten years out of date as it takes time for any changes to occur through a bureaucratic system. In the UK, schools are assessed largely on the basis of their examination results, which leads to even narrower focus on the key points that students have to regurgitate to pass a test. I try to broaden my students' experiences (especially higher up in the school) by using sites like TED and scientific journals like Nature and Science to show them the cutting edge of my subject (biology)

    The key skills for anyone leaving education in my opinion are:

    - An ability to look at a problem, analyse its properties and come up with solutions that are testable.
    - An ability to look at a source of information and judge its usefulness, validity and reliability.
    - An ability to learn whatever the student wants to learn. We should teach how to learn, rather than what to learn.
    - A sense of wonder at our achievements and where they might lead in future
    - An understanding of ones' strenghts and weaknesses, and an idea of the future direction you could steer your life in.
  • May 23 2011: I have really enjoyed the presentations by Ken Robinson and completely agree that we are beyond the point or reform and need a revolution in education.

    A comprehensive bottom-up and top-down remake of education that will teach and encourage children and adults to be creative and adaptive to the changing world. These changes not only need to utilize technology but also re-engage students with hands-on practical simulations that involve analysis and not just memorization of facts that can now be easily googled.

    The presentation by Arvind Gupta demonstrates how learning tools do not need to be expensive to convey important points.

    John Hunter on the World Peace Game shows us a simulation that involves children in tasks that develop analytical thinking that is imperative to success in the real world.

    We have all the parts. Like Lego blocks, the right people and institutions need to come together and put the parts together.
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    May 23 2011: In this information age, I insist that maybe we should be aware of that the information provided by WEB is not the same kind of information by teachers. the information coming from WEB is non-emotional,with no-order. in short,they are pure and raw information. however, the information delivered by an actual teacher is often coming along with wisdom. wisdom is indeed ineffable , thus cannot be grasped by merely browsing the internet.
    Admittedly lots of today's schools are disappointments. not so much teachers have wisdom,at least in china. People may come up with new ideas of how to coordinate resources, new ideas of education system. But invariablely the imortance of the wisdom which is exclusivly owned by an actual teacher is unreplaceable
  • May 22 2011: I agree that schools should be reinvented. Here in the US there are entrenched groups with vested interests like the administration and the teachers unions. (BTW, I am generally pro-union but they can get in the way of progress at times.)

    The western university was started under Charlemagne. I am not sure about other civilizations like the Chinese.

    We, as a society, need to decide what we want from our schools. I want to produce graduates with critical thinking skills, curiosity, self-confidence, and the knowledge to apply those. Others are concerned only with the employability of the graduates (being able to get a job is nice), while still others seem to desire that the schools produce good little social automatons (which may be a left-over from the industrial/factory age.)

    Our schools are being cast in the role of surrogate parents, being expected to "fix" behavior problems, educational deficits, etc. The school may be the only social institution capable of this, but is it appropriate? Is there any other choice?

    Lots and lots of questions, and no universally satisfying answers.
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    May 21 2011: sorry to nit pick, but school was not invented 100 years ago, you must look much farther back than that to find the first "institutions of learning".
    • May 22 2011: maybe so, but the way it is nuilt, calasses , facing blackboard and teacher facing children, and the method was invented in th etinmes of the industtrial revolution. it was the best way to teach a vast amount of people a specific trade.
      this is not , by far , todays world !!!
  • May 21 2011: build and run schools based on the fact that no two people, young or old learn at the same time. everyone develops and learns on their own schedule. You can not force someone to learn something. You can force them to memorize material but that is not learning. this is the philosophy at the school were i work. The thought process of teaching should not be "I have this to teach you"...the teacher should facilitate learning.