I have given a lot of thought recently about how schools educate students. I believe that there needs to be a significant change in the United States about how we educate students. This blog post from the Knowledge Works Foundation starts the conversation:
A world of learning
The vision emerging from our study of the future doesn’t much resemble the industrial-era world of schooling most of us know. Instead, we foresee a world of learning where:
• Education centers on the needs of learners, not those of institutions. Teaching is tailored to an individual student’s needs and abilities.
• Learners take charge of their education. Students and families seek out information and experiences from an array of sources rather than depending on schools to direct their learning.
• Children gain 21st-century knowledge and skills – how to make decisions, solve problems and create solutions – through hands-on experiences that cross subject areas and are connected to the real world.
• Success is judged through a wide array of measures that account for different learning styles and assess capabilities and progress, not simply acquisition of knowledge.
• All learners have easy access to technology and other tools that open doors to information and knowledge.
• Learners are supported in all parts of their lives, with physical, emotional and social health being nurtured alongside intellectual growth.
• Teachers are more than content specialists. The teaching profession diversifies to include such roles as learning coaches, classroom coordinators, cognitive specialists, resource managers and community liaisons.
• Learning isn’t limited to a physical place or time of day, but is mobile and constant, with wireless technologies allowing learning anywhere and anytime.
This envisoning for education is a radical departure from what we have today in K-12 education. However, a radical departure is what public education needs. I am haunted by the students that are "lost" in the current schooling system because there is no meaning in school for them. Systemically public education must change. I will write more in later blogs about this subject.