Broken educational systems


Robin Good asked me to record a few responses to questions he prepared about education and learning. He did the same thing for a few others like  Howard Rheingold, Jay Cross, Stephen Downes, George Siemens, Nancy White and Gerd Leonhard. The short fragments were used at his Le Web keynote along with a series of articles joining the strings together.

The first article in the series is about the paradigm shift in education and learning deals with the structure itself that is supposed to give us all we need to be successful in life at the current moment: the education system.

It’s all so good to talk about new media, 2.0, participation, collaboration, real-time web, mashing-up, agile development, remixing, or lifestreaming but what value do these discoveries have when as soon as we turn our heads home and to our kids we still force them to go through an education system that embraces none of such fantastic discoveries?

And while you are at it, you might as well continue and read Stephen Downes’s words on how to be successful (if you think the education you have is not getting you anywhere meaningful).

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  • http://www.lavieverte.wordpress.com denise

    Thanks for this! Really appreciate it. I’m looking for ways to apply this informally with groups of middle school children in Paris, outside the school system. Basically to bring small groups together with individuals who are passionate about what they do, willing to tell the story of their lives and then let the children construct a narrative, or graphic representation or artwork to “fix” the parts which “speak” to them. Do you know anyone who might want to get involved in the beta stage of this (beta meaning, of course, goodwill) -