What’s so wrong with schooling?
The old factory system just cannot keep up with the speed of change.
Many students reluctantly sit in their seats all day but their hearts and minds are yearning to be set free to learn in the community.
These students are ready to step up and take ownership for their learning.
Alan McCluskey from the Swiss Agency for ICT in education sums it up: The 7 Tacit Lessons Which Schools Teach Children:
- Knowledge is scarce.
- Learning needs a specific place and specific time (lessons in classrooms).
- Knowledge is best learnt in disconnected little pieces (lessons).
- To learn you need the help of an approved expert i.e. a teacher.
- To learn you need to follow a path determined by a learning expert (a course of study).
- You need an expert to assess your progress (a teacher).
- You can attribute a meaningful numerical value to the value of learning (marks, grades, degrees).
(Inspired by post from Ewan McIntosh)