Shifting education goals
Education should teach children how to ask appropriate questions, how to analyse a problem, stimulate a desire to learn, and flexibility to consider different points of view. One of the biggest problems of education today is that the ‘factory model’ of teaching: the top-down approach and the rewards-and-punishments approach, limit students’ ability to contribute with their imagination and creativity. In the Finnish educational model, active learning is taken seriously. Schoolchildren do not sit at their desks memorising - Natasa Pantovic The system needs a shift in focus: from one that teaches children a curriculum, to the one that inspires lifelong learning. Both Waldorf and Montessori learning methods establish a collaborative environment without tests, with the child’s learning and creativity at the centre of the focus. Some students who experienced such schooling went on to launch revolutionary business models. Larry Page and Sergei Brin, both ex-Montessori students, launched Google.
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