The reader will notice that this presentation does not directly address education. It speaks to a neurological phenomenon and begins to unravel an argument used far too often, that if one fails in school they will surely fail in life.
Many don’t find a love for learning until their twenties or thirties. We should never give up on ourselves or each other. The research Dan Gilbert brings to his presentation shows us that even after devastating setbacks we will rebound to a mental state where it’s possible to press on. Continue reading
According to Joshua Cooper Ramo in his book The Age of the Unthinkable, we have reached a point in time where our largest institutions will have to yield to new ideas or literally risk collapse. The paradigm shift away from educational maladaptation begins with ready access to information, and will be completed by content-driven technology and new systems for accreditation and certification that deliver person-centered programs. Continue reading
Salman Khan was a hedge fund trader until he discovered that technology can and should fundamentally alter the traditional teacher-is-lecturer model. In a radical assertion he concluded that teachers are often in the way of learning. His assertion is backed with data. Anyone watching the video below will immediately grasp the key benefits of his approach. Flip your classroom with ‘pause-and-repeat functionality’. Continue reading
Educational researcher Sugata Mitra has proven that schools can be built in the cloud and leveraged globally. He is a tireless advocate for Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLEs) that ask big questions and encourage learning with loving attention.
Watch Mitra’s video and become infused with enthusiasm. SOLEs are not simply a viable educational methodology; they are among the next great steps in human development.
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In this wildly popular presentation, Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. Sir Ken Robinson describes the best intentions of our current educational systems as profoundly mistaken. His arguments, and the eloquence of his words, underscore how well meaning schools and their instructors often damage young psyches. Continue reading