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Meaghan Crow

on 25 March 2015

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Transcript of Education

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
-Alvin Toffler -





The 6 C's of Education for the Future ="think for your self "
The cons our to Education system
The education system doesn't seem to care that much about how kids truly do in school. The public school system is not designed to adapt to the kids needs. It doesn't really show them why they should learn the material being taught, they just tell them it's important. Kids are not motivated to want to get all they can out of school, they just want to pass. It is felt that the information we are being given will not help us later in our lives, and therefore it is pointless. Many kids seem to think "why should we invest our extra time into something we won't really need later anyways?"
Many classes spit out facts, we need a better way for the information to be presented so that it's more engaging, and so we can retain the information better.
By Meaghan and Kye
The current education system was developed in the early 19Th century and did a good job at the time. At this time the industrial revolution was in progress. The goal was to teach the working class enough skills so they could work hard and be obedient. This would essentially turn everyone into mindless workers. It met the needs at the time, but doesn't work well any more.
"We have built our education systems on the model of fast food. You know there are two models of quality assurance in catering. One is fast food, where everything is standardized. The other [is] where everything is not standardized,

Pros of our education system
The education system does a good job giving you answers, it just doesn't show you how to get them yourself, which is what you are supposed to do as an independent adult . Our education system does a pretty good job; generalizing all the diversity in humans and all the possibilities there are for humans to be interested in; and giving them the resources to work their way there. It is also inexpensive which keeps our taxes down, which allows us the money to pursue other things, where as if the education system had even more diversity it would be more expensive and our taxes would go up
(eg. private school).

The Problem with our Education System
Ken Robinson:
Bring on the learning revolution!
TED talk
"Critical Thinking it the Ability to Intelligently and Creatively ask the Right Questions".
The school system doesn't get us to think critically about the information they are giving us, it just asks us to take it in and give it back in a different form, where we should be taking the ideas in and forming conclusions for ourselves so we can think our ideas through fully.
We Need to
Think More
Critical thinking: "The ability to intelligently and creatively ask the right questions".

School drives down the ability to think critically. In a presentation done by Yong Zhao at the BC's Focus on Learning conference, he says that the amount of creativity and questioning goes down drastically between the ages of 5-44

Age 5
creativity 98, questions 65

Age 8
Down to:
creativity 41, questions 32

Age 44
Down to:
creativity 6, questions 11
Amount of times people have creative thoughts and ask questions per day
The Education System Suppresses our Ability to Think
We aren't incorporating enough of the 6 C's into our public education system. We will need these later in life so we can be successful and never stop learning.
At the BC's Focus on Learning Conference they [talked] about [their] efforts to support student success, but also about what kinds of changes are needed to our system so that we are more responsive to students.
What our Government is doing to Help
We're Making you Think!
-What would motivate you want to go to school and want to learn?

-If you were happier at school do you think you would be more successful? (ignoring the social aspect)

-What type of help should the system give us?
-If you could change one in the learning environment at school what would it be?
-Do you think school gives you what you need for later in life?
they're customized to local circumstances. And we have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it's impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies."
The current education system is too standardized. It should be more personalized so that each person can excel in what they are good at, work on what they need to so they can achieve their goal.
The problem with our education system is that society is changing and adapting so fast but our schools are not keeping up.
Some Conclusions were:
o We underestimate our kids…perhaps dumbing down our education as result
o We need to educate them about themselves to help them maximize their potential
o think outside the box
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