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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. Related:  Ed Reform

Teacher-Replacing Tech: Friend or Foe? Just as the Internet replaced telephone operators and the nightly news anchor as the default source of information, teachers may be next on the chopping block. Automated learning is a cheap solution to recession-swelling class sizes and renewed calls to make technological innovation a centerpiece of education. Districts all over are experimenting with teacher-less computer labs and green-lighting entire classrooms of adult-supervised children exploring the Internet--an Android powered tablet designed specifically for students. Teachers' unions' protests notwithstanding, the cybernetic takeover might mean a redefinition of "teacher" as a research assistant or intellectual coach, since subject-matter lecturers are no match for access to the entirety of human knowledge. Whether this is a welcome innovation for cash-strapped areas or the first wave in an inevitable robot apocalypse seems to hinge on one's location on the planet. Yet, student-driven classrooms do have serious flaws.

How TED Connects the Idea-Hungry Elite 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

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System - Chris Hedges' Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System Posted on Apr 11, 2011 By Chris Hedges A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. Teachers, their unions under attack, are becoming as replaceable as minimum-wage employees at Burger King. Passing bubble tests celebrates and rewards a peculiar form of analytical intelligence. Teachers, under assault from every direction, are fleeing the profession. Get truth delivered to your inbox every week. Previous item: The End of Shutdowns Next item: Demanding the Impossible New and Improved Comments If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page.

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:

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

In Learning, the Lasting Value of Place - The Digital Campus By Joseph E. Aoun At a conference last summer, Bill Gates predicted that "place-based activity in college will be five times less important than it is today." Noting the ever-growing popularity of online learning, he predicted that "five years from now, on the Web­—for free—you'll be able to find the best lectures in the world. "College, except for the parties," Gates concluded, "needs to be less place-based." Although it's bold and thought-provoking, Gates's prediction is oversimplified. IN THE RIGHT COLUMN: More on The Digital CampusBROWSE THE FULL ISSUE: News, Commentary, and DataBUY A COPY: Digital and Print Editions at the Chronicle Store Today a college or university increasingly is not just one place, but many places—a main campus, a satellite branch in a different city or state, an international outpost, and a virtual-learning environment. Taken together, these examples represent a significant shift. In many ways, the continued centrality of place-based education is no surprise.

Rupert Murdoch, Who Bought 90% Of An Education Software Provider, Launches Initiative 'To Make Education A Top Issue In 2012 Presidential Campaign' 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.

10 ways to become an inspirational teacher Yesterday I attended a Westminster Forum event on testing and assessment. It was an excellent event, not least because something I have been saying for years was validated. It has always been my contention that if you love your subject and teach it well, your students should do well in the final exam. Yesterday, a member of the audience (whose name I unfortunately failed to catch) stated that it has been found that the students of teachers who teach in an inspirational way achieve better results than students of those who teach to the test. I agree. 1 Throw out the syllabus, at least one lesson a week Some of my best lessons were the ones I 'planned' driving into work or on my way to a lesson. 2 If throwing out the syllabus for a day is too risky, then throw it out for 10 minutes That's right. 3 Use the pupils If all that sounds like too much extra work, allocate the work to pupils, age permitting. They will also, of course, be demonstrating their understanding of ICT itself. 4 Use a photo

Kids talk Science This page is brought to you by UC Berkeley Parents Network Back to the Jokes & Quotes Collection THE FOLLOWING ARE ALL QUOTES FROM 11 YEAR OLDS' SCIENCE EXAMS: * "Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water." * "Artificial insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull." * "When you breathe, you inspire. When you do not breathe, you expire." * "H20 is hot water, and CO2 is cold water." * "Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes, and caterpillars." * "Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire." * "Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas." * "The body consists of three parts - the brainium, the borax and the abominable cavity.

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.