Monday, June 11, 2018

Alternative Education

I was reminded just now of this talk by Sir Ken atobinson, "How to escape education's death valley" and there were a couple of lines in it that made me think.

He talks about the success of so-called Alterantive Education practices in the States and proposes that if they’re so successful why are they the alternative and not the norm?

He also alludes to the fact that the verb to teach is both transitive and instransitive. In its intransitive state, who is to say whether learning is happening? In order to make it transitive we need to remove the mechanistic view of education and give teachers control and trust them to do what they’ve been trained to do; we need to give them the freedom to enthuse and inspire curiosity, not simply jump through hoops.

You’ve probably seen it before but it’s worth another go.

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