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Juliette LaMontagne

Founder & Managing Director, Breaker


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What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?

With the growing number of alternative learning pathways and opportunities to better serve the needs of individual students, what's working best? And what can we learn from the failures and tensions? Where and how have the models in the margins effectively disrupted the status quo?

I'll add to the conversation my current initiative, Breaker - driving alternative learning and social innovation by mobilizing interdisciplinary teams of young creative collaborators to design product solutions to global challenges.

This Live Conversation will start on Feb. 15, 2012, 1:00pm EST/ 10:00am PST


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    Feb 15 2012: For an alternative method of education you might look at growing up with your parents. Consistent figures are priceless in the upbringing of children - perhaps there is a way to replicate the same consistency through school? A disadvantage of this would be that kids would be stuck with the same teacher for a number of years, although I feel the bonds made would summon a large amount of respect, understanding and overall efficient learning.


    • Feb 15 2012: Does it matter if they are "stuck" with the same teacher for all of their life? It would be a disadvantage if that teacher was poor, but if it's a parent, they will always strive to improve. A bigger disadvantage of "batch schooling" is that there is very little or no continuity of knowing your students long enough to understand their learning style to inspire them to keep learning. At 45 years of age, I can only say that two of the 18 years that I went to school included 2 teachers that had a real impact on me by inspiring me and empowering me. The rest didn't.

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