Students need to be more involved in the planning of their schooling.
Last week I've talked about the importance of building character throughout education. Allowing students to discuss what they want to learn will give teachers a better insight to the direction they want to follow. In order to personalize their curriculum, we need to explain what and why they need to learn if they intend to pursue a certain career. Students learns best when they engage in active practicing. This also means giving them more autonomy and encourage them to take responsibility for the choices they make. One of the worst things our current school system is doing is forcing students to progress at the same speed. Each student comes from a different background and a unique set of skills. Introducing vocational training programs will also facilitate their transition from education to work.
We're heading towards the concept of a global classroom.
In 2006, educator and entrepreneur Salman Khan founded the Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organization created to provide "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere". The organization features lectures and exercises in the form of short videos. This approach to learning will let students pause a lesson, repeat it as many times as they need and review past lessons at their own pace. Engaging a lesson and solving the exercises at home will give teachers the chance to spend more time with those that need his help and encourage students interaction. Student's involvement can also thrive by joining discussions in forums or in the video's comments. This promotes social interaction between people from all over the world and stimulate them helping each other.
Watch Sal talk about reinventing education and answer this question: Do you think kids can teach themselves?
I will talk more about that next week
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