I had a request from ********* to post the comments I had written on a fb comments thread on a CNN article What Teachers Really Want To Tell Parents.
In between the time it took for me to post this another article responding to it appeared here.
The original responses I made on my fb comments thread on Sept 10 to the CNN article : What Teachers Really Want To Tell Parents (as is) is in blue. My expanded comments (for context) if necessary will be in Italics.
I like the first line :
“I just cant deal with parents anymore; they’re killing us.”
– Send the kids back to the parents. 😀
Why don’t they? A parent is almost as qualified if not better qualified to teach their own children than a school teacher is – for many, many reasons outside the context of this article. Don’t believe me? Think about it logically : Both teachers and parents went through the same K-12 education. All things being equal they studied the same content. Unless you’re trying to tell me for 12 years of their education their teachers had pre-selected an elite bunch of students to teach better to knowing one day this elite bunch will become the next generation of teachers. – I doubt it!
Excerpt from Sayling Wen’s 2000 book, the Future of Education. The same can be said of education throughout Asia.
Education’s greatest limitation today lies in its curriculum. Whether you like it or not you have got to study all the given subjects. Some students are forced to do what is clearly not their forte, and so they refuse to learn. Or perhaps we need not really delve so deeply into some subjects. If we can adopt the self-motivation method and give the curriculum more flexibility, we can both develop the students’ potential as well as enable him to learn what may be of practical use. We may reconcile the 2 theories (Knowledge-oriented Education & Multidirectional Balanced Development) even without the help of computer technology. But with the help of computer technology the results would be even better. For instance, a student with a great interest in vehicles could virtually handle cars on the computer, going through all the vehicle maintenance procedures.
I’ve now crossed the threshold from the Innovator’s Dilemma to being able to confidently be like the flight attendant that gestures and says, “This way please to the exit……stay calm but hurry up.”
Hey, nothing to worry about. It’s just the Plane of Education System crashing. No need to hurry. Take your time. They’ve still got fuel (government spending) even though both engines are out. There aren’t going to be enough parachutes for everyone but that’s OK….stay buckled in your seat, like how schools have taught you to just sit down and be a good little boy or girl.
I’m filing this under Thomas Frey’s Future of Education because I plan to bring everything I am coming across which supports the ideas outlined in his paper under one theme.
I hope I have convinced you to get your copy and make at least 5 other people get it too! (I have 2 at least count.) And if you do, please tell me about it so we can share the experience together.
Here are excerpts taken from Ken Robinson’s THE ELEMENT – HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING. Picture for illustration only. Continue reading
You may think this is nothing, but this is EVERYTHING : Parents and educators cannot possibly understand the urgency for this push towards a future of education without comprehending the disruptions brought by social media, the Information Age, globalization and the concepts of Revolutionary Wealth.
OK, so it’s a coincidence I love the anthropology part of economics (gee, what’s with the non-capitalization, English teacher?) and I was a student of advertising. So, OK, I heard the conversations in the corridor concerning the fallout of media because I was working with AC Nielsen Media back in 99 (thereabouts). So, OK, I got a taste of the convenience and potential of technology because I worked as a “not really here or there” curator and writer of sorts for the Communications Department of Technology Park Malaysia. Continue reading
(1) If you haven’t yet, watch Sir Ken Robinson’s video, – Do Schools Kill Creativity to understand why school did it.
(2) Open your eyes to the world – we keep talking about creativity and innovation. If schools killed it, what happens to you when you leave?
(3) Now read this levelled-down version of Futurist Thomas Frey’s piece on The Future of Education.
Within two years a radical shift will begin to occur in the world of education.
While many people are making predictions about the direction that education systems are headed, they have found the best predictors to be hidden in the participative viral systems springing to life in the online world, such as iTunes and Amazon.
These bottom-up approaches (organic!) are quick to develop, participant-driven systems that are closely aligned to the demands of the marketplace.
Futurist Thomas Frey and the members and associated research teams of DaVinci Institute collaborated on this research study. In this paper they focussed on the key missing elements that will cause the disruptive next generation education systems to emerge.
I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing but my ideas around what I wanted in transferring the success of my classroom learning to an online environment keeps changing. It keeps changing because new information keeps coming up about the changes happening in business; the New Economics and Wealth-creation, the effects of social media, the uses and abuses and new values of the Future.
This generation I’m teaching, those born after 1990 seem to be the culmination of the deliberate dumbing down of society. In an era where “the new illiterate are those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn” (Alvin Toffler) we are faced with young people who are not only anti-intellectual, but are ignorant, about their level of literacy. This is probably a generation that has the combination of experiencing technology that simplifies everything in life, suffers from mass PTSD internalized and a very dangerous idea of entitlement.