Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Engaging students

The educational reforms of the last 100 years are predicated on information scarcity. Today, not unlike the early 1900s, children go to schools where they download facts that administrators then ask them to regurgitate, sometimes using computers. The world children live in now is information dense. We no longer need fact-distribution centers. We need spaces where children learn to identify, access, and utilize information from various knowledge systems in order to create change. What does it mean to be educated? Do we still need factory schools? Are we memorizing the past or imagining new futures? Dr. Kovacs is a high school English teacher turned university professor, and his research focuses on higher order thinking and intelligent behaviour. Excellent talk.
-- Read "An Open Letter to My Son’s Kindergarten Teacher"

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