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Future of Schools.

Had an interesting conversation walking out of lunch after two mundane keynote presentations.  Makes me wonder... is the World Future Society really backward??? There certainly is a problem with the old conference format here.  Few people speak. I'm off to an education related presentation. 

I remember finding Dee Dickinson's New Horizons for Learning site years ago.  I think I'm shopping on names I sort of know here. 

Next Milton Chin (George Lucas Educational Foundation). Moving Images.

Patrick McKercher - potential to individualize education --- new media savvy kids aren't learning in the same way. the evidence is accumulating that what we are doing doesn't work for a growing number of students. How can we change our schools?

Students learn best by doing with others and now we can tailor education to have more project centered learning ..... Students building learning expereinces for other students. We can now do that very well. The metric was ... how much didiyou memorize? Today the teacher becomes not the judge but the facilitator or learning coach.

"The Knowledge Web" is a virtual organization the kind of world that you build inspires different activities. See also ActiveWorlds

This comment struck me.  It is now possible to educate students at less than 5000 dollars per year which is less than what California currently spends. Hi stakes testing.... is driving teachers to distracton... so teachers are cutting project based learning and education is going backward because it is test driven. The majority of the schools will fail to make the standards... and then federal funding will impact. 

Not a particularly inspiring session.  Expect the Education crisis to grow! 

Comments (2)

Jon:

Exactly what does "education" mean in North America these days?

\We are clearly surrounded by....TV, music, sports that are more important to most kids, in terms of emotional energy. I think kids are smart - they know that "education" is about getting in the right line to (possibly) have work when they get out of "school", whereas....

they are learning about what life is and what it means (to them) in ways and via mediums other than schooling.

Teaching children how to read well, think critically, and have a certain set of base-level values that reflect a humanist orientation are probably the only essentials - which is why I'm guessing home schooling is growing in popularity.

The diplomas are necessary as a "union ticket" for the work world...but the dysfunction and cost associated with that are spectacular.

What I used to firmly believe was healthy - the extension of "mass customization" principles from manufacturing and distribution to people-based activities such as work and education, now sometimes worries me more often than it encourages me - because the infamous "context" that is necessary is so easily absent, skewed or misinterpreted in an ideology-dominated era.

Jon:

Exactly what does "education" mean in North America these days?

\We are clearly surrounded by....TV, music, sports that are more important to most kids, in terms of emotional energy. I think kids are smart - they know that "education" is about getting in the right line to (possibly) have work when they get out of "school", whereas....

they are learning about what life is and what it means (to them) in ways and via mediums other than schooling.

Teaching children how to read well, think critically, and have a certain set of base-level values that reflect a humanist orientation are probably the only essentials - which is why I'm guessing home schooling is growing in popularity.

The diplomas are necessary as a "union ticket" for the work world...but the dysfunction and cost associated with that are spectacular.

What I used to firmly believe was healthy - the extension of "mass customization" principles from manufacturing and distribution to people-based activities such as work and education, now sometimes worries me more often than it encourages me - because the infamous "context" that is necessary is so easily absent, skewed or misinterpreted in an ideology-dominated era.

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