Jeroen Simons

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Jeroen Simons
Posted over 2 years ago
How can SOLEs be implemented without causing students to shun necessary but "boring" skills?
Educational research shows that postponed choices deliver better results on the long run. For instance, take the Finnish system for education. There they give every individual the chance of discovering what he's good at instead of allowing them to drop subjects they might be good at. This prevents limited choices at earlier ages, when children or young adults just aren't capable yet of making informed choices for their future. You ask what good geopolitics is to mechanical engineers? What if that engineer was going to work in the middle east? What good is math to a cosmetologist? I would't have my hair died by one that doesn't understand proportions. You're absolutely right about one thing though: children nowadays grow up with all the information or computing power they would ever need within the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger. Learning how to reach the correct information should indeed also be a big part of what they learn. This undoubtedly is a quite useful skill for anyone on any job. Who decides what to teach and to whom? I think the policymakers allover the world will decide about that. The only thing I hope is that their decisions will give enough freedom for the teachers to motivate and coach pupils as Sugata Mitra showed. He proved to me that in powerful learning environments anyone can learn anything.