Wednesday, October 05, 2005

schools are failing

http://www.nestafuturelab.org/viewpoint/art46.htm
School's out: the end of standardised education

How do we get from the present (anachronistic Schools, the last cottage industry) to the future?

Rather than restricting mobile phones and banning mp3 players at school how can we utilise their potential for education?


I distrust articles which include the phrase, "the end of ..." but nevertheless, pretty much agree with the above analysis of Kevin Carey, Director humanITy

He looks at how School is failing, identifies the central points from the students viewpoint (data and wisdom separated), sketches an outline of the important characteristics of new technology in educational terms and roughs out some sort of solution.

He makes an effort to go beyond the hype and look at the problems that have arisen with e-learning up until now.

It's worth a close read. I'd like to discuss it further.

2 Comments:

Blogger Joh said...

Thanks for finding and sharing this article Bill. It is really quite thought provoking.
I really believe that we are heading toward becoming more pastoral as teachers and I welcome this change to the role.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Bill Kerr said...

hi joh,

thanks for the comment.

more pastoral? I suppose you mean by that that we will play more of a pastoral care role, helping individuals with their various problems rather than mass production, teacher out the front delivering the same material to everyone.

That's how I interpret your comment. In the context of the original article it means that technology can humanise teaching, which is the opposite of what neo luddite critics of technology say.

2:33 PM  

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