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Taylor Kendal

Teaching with Primary Sources

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How do we reform education?

I recently witnessed a TEDx event in Colorado and heard Ramona Pierson discuss her philosophy on education - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5aHL2qd_08.

She believes there's an equation (ok, actually an algorithm) that can be used to prescribe a unique education path for every student. This idea comes in the wake of a near nationwide adoption of the Common Core Standards. Where do the resources in the United States currently need to be focused to assure positive progress in education?


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    Sep 4 2011: To reform education, in my opinion is straightforward, maybe not easy.

    Have knowledgeable teachers, excited and motivated share their knowledge on a subject with people who find that teacher and subject interesting and involving.

    Have the teacher spend one to one time with each interested student discussing the subject matter and answering each other's questions and providing guidance.

    Have the teacher only teach infrequently and spend the rest of their time researching and working in their field of interest.

    So there it is, classes on subjects of interest (not courses), infrequently from each teacher, but focussed and dedicated (and most of all excited). Not year long subjects or 5 year courses on a particular thing, but a time at University or school where each class will have a knowledgeable and highly motivated teacher who years for feedback and debate from students who feel and understand (empathise) with the teachers excitement and knowledge.

    No prescribed lessons, no curriculum's just pure knowledge transfer and growth.
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      Sep 7 2011: I definitely agree to that! But it seems too revolutionary with me, a bit structureless and i know that kids thrive in structure. But as I say - anything and everything should be done in order to get the students motivated.

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