Changing Education Paradigms
Sir Ken Robison created an animated video that explains what our education system is right now and how we should change it. Our education system was designed hundreds of years ago and the way he describes it as a factory. Schools work with bells that let students know what they are supposed to do next and how much time they have, there are separate facilities for each subject and we educate them by batches. We put them through the system in groups depending on their age and this makes it seem that the most important thing kids have is that they are the same age. However when we get out to the real world, we learn to work with other people that are not necessarily our age group and great things are created from it. In our schools we are also teaching children that they is only one answer to every question, not letting them be creative and express their thinking, and that answer is the one that is in the back of the book. If you look at that answer though it is cheating, if you work with others it is also cheating thus giving kids the idea that they must work alone. But yet again when anyone is out in the real world you are encouraged to work with others and that is called collaboration.
As an educator, one of the things that I was taught over and over was that every student learns in a different way, each have their own learning style and that as a teacher we should adapt our lessons so that we can meet all those learning styles. Personally I like to learn by seeing things but also by working in groups. The majority of students, because of the world we live in today, like to learn and work in groups and I think that is because of the impact that technology has had in their lives. The internet and social media is part of their lives and there isn't anything we can do to stop that. So instead of fitting them about that, let's learn to incorporate it in our classrooms. Encourage students to work in groups and to use all their resources so that they do get the opportunity to collaborate with one another and with others that are out of their age group in order to "break those factory lines". Instead of punishing students for getting distracted from our boring teaching with things that are part of their life, technology tools and internet, let's incorporate those distractions into our lesson to make our boring teaching interesting.
Alfa, Escola. (2011, Februrary 19). RSA Animate- Changing Education Paradigms. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/ATCqh-OjSuw?list=PLbRLdW37G3oMquOaC-HeUIt6CWk-FzaGp