Teachers need to provide the conditions for growth for each individual, not impose an obsolete curriculum to everybody.
The number one issue I have with the current school system is that it's making people afraid of being wrong. This fear of experimenting is killing people's creativity. In my most recent post ''What is the future of education?'' I've talked about the misconception that every student should progress at the same pace. This kind of thinking is slowing down the student's progress by allowing the teacher to move forward in a lecture only as fast as the slowest member of the group. Classes are getting bigger but nobody seems to question the fact that there is only one teacher. We need to restore the position of a teacher as a role model that students respect and trust. Teachers need to earn the trust of their best students and then give it back by allowing them to help him/her in making a lesson best understood to those having difficulties. The school system need to catch up to the demands of its time.
Sugata Mitra champions the use of internet in education and encourages students to work together in groups of four to discuss and solve problems. He states that the future of learning is driven by students and challenges teachers to ask more audacious questions. He promotes divergent thinking, innovation and he argues that by stimulating students to come up with an answer by their own terms will make their knowledge of a subject more permanent and will enable them to link a new learning experience with previous ones in a more structural way. Sugata provides the conditions for education by creating SOLE(Self Organizing Learning Environment) believing that learning will emerge by ''allowing it to happen, not making it happen''. He argues that the changes in the system should go from the bottom up and that we need to use the technology at our disposal at the best of our abilities to help each other. By showing student the importance of teamwork from an early stage will help them build a long lasting relationship with their peers and encourage them to interact both inside and outside of schools.
Watch Sugata talk about ''Building a school in the cloud'' and let me know what you think about his idea of people giving one hour a week of their time for free to help students remotely all around the world.
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