I’m sure you’ve notice that education has changed since we were at school – and is continuing to change! Not only are the kids different and have access to different types of learning, but teachers today know more about what it means to learn and how to best help kids understand and create new knowledge.
Hopefully, we don’t see too much rote learning and textbook-based teaching in our primary schools. This still happens in some schools but in every school I’ve visited (over 500 in the past 2 years) every teacher wants the best for their students – sometimes the reason that they still use ‘traditional’ methods of teaching is because they haven’t had the opportunity to engage in other ways. This is tricky! And isn’t likely to be fixed in the short term. What we can do though is to have a think about what education is actually for…is it to pass exams? To be like the other kids their age? To be well-rounded members of society? Maybe education is about strategically planning for our countries future – and then creating and education system that spits out kids that will make that vision a reality.
I think the role of education is actually quite complex, but whatever its purpose, education has to address the fact that learning today shouldn’t be the same as it was 20 or 30 or more years ago. Some very smart people have thought about why we spend time on education, here are 5 quotes that I love :0)
1 ‘To be a teacher you must be a prophet – because you are trying to prepare people for a world thirty to fifty years into the future.’
Gordon Brown MIT
2 ‘We need to prepare students for THEIR future not OUR past’
Ian Jukes, educator and Futurist.
3 ‘Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.’
Nelson Mandela, former President South Africa
4 ‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.’
5 ‘We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.’
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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