Changing Education Paradigms

This presentation discusses the past and current problems of the system of education, which I believe are true in most countries, and the efforts to uplift it.  I agree with most of the arguments in this presentation especially the part where, some of the time, formal education diminishes divergent thinking of learners.  With the way the teachers teach in our country, I think this is quite true.

What do you think about the presentation? I would love to hear your opinions.

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  1. I saw the RSA Animate about Changind Education Paradigms a few weeks ago, and found it very interessing. But I have to say that from the inside, as a teacher, I find it hard to change. This is a big preoccupation for me these times…

    About what is wrong with education in mathematics, I encourage you to have a look at Lockhart’s Lament. For a presentation of this text, and a link to the 25-page Lockhart’s Lament, check this link:

    • Thank you Silvain. I have already read Lockhart’s Lament about two years ago, and I planned to have post about it here, but until now, I have not written about it. It was a great piece by the way.

  2. Interesting presentation and informative. I enjoyed the review of education in history and applaud the presentation, or I should say questioning, of diagnosing and treating ADHD. Students do need to be divergent thinkers, not always grouped by age, and do need to experience and learn from collaboration. But to move on to state that we must not evaluate ourselves and others as individuals, but as groups is ridiculous. If you have ever worked in collaboration then you know that there are slackers in the group. That is, those that will not do their research nor be on time nor even participate in discussions. These individuals are “evaluated” by the administrator and by others in the group. I personally will work in collaboration, participate and contribute to a group, but my mind set is on doing a “good job” not relying too much on others work in the group. I prepare and understand what the outcome needs to be in order for the collaboration to be successful for all the individuals. A teacher does this everyday for their class. I evaluate myself and the rest of the individuals in my group by the “individual” contributions.
    Students need to learn to use their skills of collaboration and divergent thinking for the purpose of increasing their knowledge of history, math, economics, literature, science, etc. and then be evaluated for their own success in learning those skills and increasing their knowledge and ability to analyze. A teacher helps their class of students do this everyday. Oops, I said that already! That is a tall task for a teacher. So yes the institutions must be changed so that a teacher can accomplish this with all of the students.

    • What you said are very true Susan. In our country, the culture of collaboration is not very popular. Most of the teachers do their plans individually. In classrooms, some teachers assign group tasks that do not really need grouping.

      Recently, our institute have started the Collaborative Lesson Research and Development an adaptation of the Japanese Lesson Study, where we, University researchers, facilitate collaboration among high school and elementary school teachers. I will write about it soon.

      Regarding divergent thinking, I believe that it is diminished if not totally destroyed. Most of the teachers here are very structured. Even in our university, one teacher has a solution preference. For example, students must answer in tables. Can you believe that? It’s a bit frustrating.