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Is Real Educational Reform Possible? If So, How?

Is Real Educational Reform Possible? If So, How?
From the dawn of institutionalized schooling until now there have always been reformers, who want to modify the way schooling is done. For the most part, such reformers can be scaled along what might be called a liberal-conservative, or progressive-traditionalist, continuum. At one end are those who think that children learn best when they are happy, have choices, study material that is directly meaningful to them, and, in general, are permitted some control over what and how they learn. The pendulum never moves very far before it is pushed back in the other direction, because neither type of reform works. Such back-and-forth nudging of the pendulum is the stuff of continuous debate and of countless books written by professors of education. What do I mean by real educational reform? Real educational reform, as I see it, requires a fundamental shift in our understanding of the educational process. They do all this on their own initiative, with essentially no direction from adults.

Association for Experiential Education: A community of progressive educators and practitioners. - What is Experiential Education? What is Experiential Education? Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Defining the work we do, the values we hold and the principles that guide us is part of the experience of being a life-long learner and an active member of the Association for Experiential Education. Experiential education is a philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities. Am I an Experiential Educator? Experiential education is often utilized in many other disciplines: Non-formal education Place-based education Project-based education Hands-on Global education Environmental education Student-centered education Informal education Active learning Service learning Cooperative learning Expeditionary learning The principles1 of experiential education practice are:

How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education - TNW Industry As connection speeds increase and the ubiquity of the Internet pervades, digital content reigns. And in this era, free education has never been so accessible. The Web gives lifelong learners the tools to become autodidacts, eschewing exorbitant tuition and joining the ranks of other self-taught great thinkers in history such as Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Paul Allen and Ernest Hemingway. “Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” -Albert Einstein 10 years ago in April 2001, Charles M. He says, “I think there’s a wide array of reasons why faculty should be engaged in recording and publishing lectures online. So. Some of the biggest names in tech are coming to TNW Conference in Amsterdam this May. Both Yale and Stanford have followed suit, and even Harvard has jumped on board in the last two years. Open Culture Should knowledge should be open to all to both use and contribute to? Khan Academy Watch more about The Khan Academy here. Skillshare

75 questions to ask yourself An old proverb says, “He that cannot ask cannot live.” If you want answers you have to ask questions. These are 75 questions you should ask yourself and try to answer. You can ask yourself these questions right now and over the course of your life. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. Photos by e-magic and -bast- - 50 unconventional things to do in your lifetime - 50 things to say before you die - 20 Websites That Can Change Your Life

Is Video Marketing the Future of Education? The Internet makes our world smaller and our classrooms larger. Have you noticed the rise in online degrees? That’s the university system using a digital format to educate students in certain fields. The Internet itself is kind of like space, with undiscovered planets of knowledge in various corners of this universe. Except we don’t need a spaceship to travel through it; we just need a URL and a laptop. What the Internet does for education can be groundbreaking, depending on how we use it. Online tutoring with Professor KhanLivestreaming your education events with Sid and Sam Generation YouTube 20/20 recently aired Generation YouTube, highlighting all types of YouTube superstars including moms, recent college grads, singers and performers, as well as educators like Sal Khan. Khan takes 10 to 15 minutes per video and breaks down arithmetic (from Math 1 all the way up to calculus) and the sciences (including biology, chemistry and physics). But what about your business? Live Education

What Your Body Already Knows Reward and Reinforcement Anyone who’s been within 50 yards of a clinical psychologist has heard the terms reward and reinforcement . And it’s fairly common knowledge that the neurotransmitter which supports the experience of reward is dopamine . But what’s the subjective human experience of dopamine? What does dopamine feel like? Here’s a remarkable summary of an emerging understanding of dopamine as not only the neurotransmitter of reward, but also of motivation . Notice we aren’t inquiring here into what motivates your siblings, or the people in your zip code. If everyone around you seems motivated by a wind-in-their-hair, living-on-the-edge adventurous kind of state, but you thrive on predictable comfortable routines, then I could probably offer some general advice on how to structure your weekends and free time. I cannot tell you whether getting married at age 21, or a weekend of white water rafting, or an accelerated MBA program is the right use of your time and energy.

Here's an idea – let children think for themselves | Gaby Hinsliff | Comment is free | The Observer Nothing appeals, in troubled times, like a dose of good, old-fashioned common sense. When the so-called experts seem to offer nothing but elaborate excuses and a mess of contradictory ideas about what to do next, it's natural just to want to cut through all the waffle. After all, you don't need fancy professional training or fashionable philosophies to state the bleeding obvious; so let the academics squabble in their ivory towers, let the lawyers bicker over the niceties. Time for ordinary people to roll up their sleeves and get on with it, rather than hanging around pontificating. Or so David Cameron seemed to be suggesting when he described himself last week as a "commonsense Conservative". A similar spirit infuses new plans for a military-style "free school" employing former army officers as teachers. Common sense and science aren't always at odds. There is certainly a good argument for steering newly redundant soldiers into schools.

Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization War on Education | Ethical Revolutionist by Shadra L. Bruce Everywhere you turn in this country, teachers are getting a bad rap. In Idaho, they’ve passed a bill to cut teachers in place of laptops and online education. In New York, school districts are slashing teachers while paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for each small town to have is own Superintendent. The story is the same everywhere you turn: teachers have a tarnished image. Wherever you live, whether you have kids in the school systems or not, you ought to be paying attention to what is going on with the education budget. No, teachers should not get to keep their jobs just because they’ve been teaching for a long time and have earned tenure (which should go away). Superintendents and school boards are building budgets that prioritize protecting their own high salaries, perks, and benefits at the expense of those who cannot fight back: students with special needs, students who benefit from arts and music programs, and teachers who perform but don’t have tenure.

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