Profound changes to how children access vast information is yielding new forms of peer-to-peer and individual-guided learning.
I don’t mind children cribbing answers off other children. It’s one of the ways they can learn. I also don’t think there should be too many constraints on what they can look at on the Internet.
You can force students to learn, to a certain extent, but students aren’t happy and employers aren’t happy.
Learning is the new skill. Imagination, creation and asking new questions are at its core.
If children know there is someone standing over them who knows all the answers, they are less inclined to find the answers for themselves.
It’s quite fashionable to say that the educational system is broken. It’s not broken. It’s wonderfully constructed. It’s just that we don’t need it anymore.
Students are rewarded for memorization, not imagination or resourcefulness.
Education prepares to be one piece of a machine.
Teachers are not supposed to be repositories of information which they dish out. That is from an age when there were no other repositories of information, other than books or teachers, neither of which were portable. A lot of my big task is retraining these teachers.
Schools still operate as if all knowledge is contained in books, and as if the salient points in books must be stored in each human brain – to be used when needed. The political and financial powers controlling schools decide what these salient points are.