What is School? How would you teach if you weren’t educating a workforce?
#WhatIsSchool July 10, 2014 7PM EDT
Globally, focus in education is shifting from teaching students to be part of an industrialise work force to building skills they can apply to jobs in a communication based workforce. As we look at this model one glaring question stands out; are we educating students for the needs of big business or are we educating students to develop their unique talents so they can be thought provoking and productive citizens of the world?
What if we weren’t worried about preparing students for jobs? Would school and the way we teach students change? What if our focus was on preparing students to be great thinkers, explorers and creators instead?
This week we shift our thoughts from defining what school is in order to examine more closely the way we are preparing students for the future.
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Join the conversation on Thursday, July 10, 7pm EDT as we discuss What Is School? #whatisschool
The questions for this week’s discussion are below:
Q1) What would you teach if you weren’t ‘preparing’ students for jobs?
Q2) How would this change your classroom environment?
Q3) What methodologies, real or invented, would you employ to teach students in this new paradigm?
Q4) How would you help students drill down to open up and find their true talents?
Q5) What skill sets would you emphasize that are different than the ones you focus on now?
Q6) What kind of real world problems could you solve with this type of teaching model?
Q7) What can we do today to add some of these thoughts to current curriculums?