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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: Regarding vocational schooling, there are problems with youth who do not study what they are interested in, they just study to have a secondary school. Teachers are often not competent in the field and thus don't provide kids with a real nput into it. Companies don't want to cooperate with the schools as the students are not competent. Seems like a dead circle!
    i believe if there was a more competitive environment when a group of companies were competing among each other to get the best kids from the best school, while group of the same number of schools compete on geting placement for kids in the best companies, there would be eventually a place for every school in companies for students to get n internship and all, schools and companies would do better to be better. Kids would see a goal and teachers would be better monitored, as well as instructors in the companies, which would lead to more effective education and practical studying which makes sense.

    just an idea, would like to hear some comments.

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