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Cheong Eung Ahn

Highschool Student, Gyeonggi Science Highschool

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Let's make a better education system(Part 1)

Ken Robinson says that education 'kills' creativity. And this is most prevelant in my country of South Korea. Our education level and difficulty is considerably high, but it has a system that teachers nearly atempt to prevent creativity. Also, I believe that this has prevelance in many cultures but, kids don't enjoy studying, we don't make education enjoyable. Finally, Ken Robinson metioned at the begining of his presentation that we are incapable of prediction the future. And, this is and inevitable fact.
Then how do we make an education system that advacates information, creativity, and enjoyment. How do we help students learn, and enjoy learning?
As this question is a massive question and very important, and could lead to a global problem in a few hundred years, I will divide up this question in to 4 parts.
This is Part 1 :
" How do we make education fun?'
Please state your opinion freely, and express your desires. It would also help if you gave specific examples using your own education process.

  • Oct 10 2011: Education in general is broad. The issue needs to be attacked from many angles. Most of the reform nowadays only takes on one or two. This is partly why Ken Robinson said we don't need to reform education, we needed a revolution. I want to highlight a few aspects that should be considered.
    1. the role of the teacher. I believe that the grand goal for the teacher is to put in place the mechanisms for student autonomy such as active listening, asking questions, challenging the information, research, networking, and speaking out. The teacher's job should also be to create an atmosphere that commends new and fresh ideas, and intellectual discussion.
    2. school lunches should be improved. Lunches in many countries can be used as an incentive to actually go to school. In the US, our school lunches are extremely unhealthy. The student's nutrition could be correlated to his or her performance.
    3. Utilize technologies. Technology is a powerful and essential tool which can alleviate the teacher's workload, help the student understand the material, and so much more.
    4. Large tangible group projects. Soft skills such as leadership, teamwork, ability to network etc are not only life skills but are often sought for in the workplace. This is also a great way to showcase creativity on a large level.
    5. More funding. I think to some extent more funding is important. Schools need resources.
    6. Rework the school hierarchy. Students and teachers often do not have much say over school policy and curriculum and school administrators often cannot anticipate their needs. Either this hierarchy needs to change, or there needs to be more communication between the top and bottom
    7. As Ken Robinson pointed out, we need to rethink which classes are essential to teach our children.
    8. more community and industry contact. pretty soon the kids will be in the real world. Shouldn't we prepare then to be part of it?
  • Oct 9 2011: Education not only needs some addition of fun but it needs to encourage analysis and creative solutions for problems. (Depending on the situation) I believe these aspects of analysis and creativity go hand in hand with fun.

    There are a lot of children who also appreciate the application of a process so, for example, math should incorporate interesting problems like building a bridge over a large river and using math to calculate the amounts of materials needed along with other issues.

    When one understand why it is important to find the volume or mass of an object, the information tends to remain entrenched in the brain for a longer duration. (Plus the fun of getting to design/create a custom bridge)
    • Oct 14 2011: Those aspects are all introduced in different aspects of the question that I have put up before now