Rethinking education



Rethinking education - 9 ideas.

Rethinking education - 9 ideas.



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  • Rethinking education 9 ideas
  • Tradition # 1 Education is focused on supply / curriculum
  • Rethinking tradition # 1 What if education is focused on demand?
  • High accountability Initiatives organized and led by students Low creativity High creativity Low accountability
  • You’ve got to let the students run the school. Blair Sheppard
  • Inputs on educator roles
  • Tradition # 2 Education is standardized
  • Rethinking tradition # 2 How about personalizing education?
  • We actually find that our students personalize their education much more than it might seem. They quite selectively access specific content and quite selectively do background readings. Sebastian Thrun
  • Model # 1 The teaching factory Education is standardized. Model # 2 The learning environment Education is personalized. Ways of standardizing  Subjects.  Classes.  45-minute time slots. Ways of personalizing  Choice of what to learn.  Choice of where to learn.  Choice of when to learn. Adapted from Lars Kolind: The Second Cycle, p. 155-156.
  • Study by Benjamin Bloom shows that students given one-on-one attention reliably perform two standard deviations better than their peers who stay in a regular classroom.
  • Tradition # 3 Education is done at a fixed time
  • Rethinking tradition # 3 What if education is done anytime?
  • 11 advantages of using a blog for teaching
  • Twitter for education
  • Tradition # 4 Education is done in a fixed place
  • Rethinking tradition # 4 What if education is done any place, i.e. where the individual student wants to learn?
  • Places where learning might happen  Where people live,  Where people work, and/or  Where people have a cup of coffee or tea. Adapted from
  • Model # 1 The teaching factory There is a fixed place of education. The lecture hall / classroom are the primary physical environments for teaching. Adapted from Lars Kolind: The Second Cycle, p. 155-156. Model # 2 The learning environment Learning takes place in a variety of different environments inside and outside the school building.
  • Tradition # 5 Teachers talk, students listen
  • Rethinking tradition # 5 What if teachers ask more questions and listen more?
  • Conversation exercises
  • Listening tips
  • Tradition # 6 Students reproduce information at exams and are controlled
  • Rethinking tradition # 6 What if students / education participants are trusted as human beings who want to learn and create something new?
  • The problem with standardized testing: It does everything to harm learning Some examples  Tests are timed, so students get nervous.  The point with tests is to make no mistakes - not learn from mistakes.  The results are neither used by students, nor by teachers.
  • Working intensity Method B Create continuously, for example by using social media and other tools. Method A Reproduce knowledge at exams at the end of the year Time
  • Questions to discover your values
  • Tradition # 7 Teachers know the answers to the work of students
  • Rethinking tradition # 9 Have kids upload their writing, so that the entire class can read and comment on it. Salman Khan.
  • Further learning strategies
  • Tradition # 8 Students are rewarded with grades
  • Alfie Kohn: The more you reward students for doing something, the more they tend to lose interest
  • How should people be rewarded for what they do?
  • Tradition # 9 Students are given a diploma
  • Rethinking tradition # 9 What if education was less about diplomas – and more about learning, developing, innovating, changing..
  • We recently hired two people and we didn’t even know what their degrees were, if they even had degrees. We hired them because of the work they did on the computer science platform on Khan Academy. Salman Khan
  • More and more people are being hired on their work samples, on the projects they’ve done, the type of portfolios they’ve developed. Sebastian Thrun
  • Imagine a world where higher education doesn't end with a diploma, but starts at 18 and continues through life, as the world changes around us.
  • Drop all rules and regulations that prevent you from creating tomorrow’s learning environment. Source Kolind, Lars: The Second Cycle, p. 159.
  • Thank you very much to the following people for great inspiration in different ways Jürg H. Arpagaus. Frank Berger. Danny Buerkli. Kathrin Futter. David Gurteen. Lars Kolind. Bodo Maier. Schewa Mandel. Ib Ravn. Mandy Schiefner. Paul Sloane.
  • Thank you for your interest. For further inspiration, feel welcome to visit Have a great day.