This great clip courtesy of one our completing NCALNE students today as part of his wrap up… The point is that we shouldn’t make assumptions about our learners (even though we usually do…).
There’s lots of benefits that come from completing the literacy and numeracy professional development that we offer through ALEC and Pathways Awarua. Realising that you really need to stop making assumptions is definitely one of them (Hard to understand though if you haven’t been through the training…).
Congratulations to the 15th cohort of NCALNE students from the Department of Corrections. Well done team…!
This is literacy and numeracy literally changing the world… the developing world. They are now building a new school every 90 hours.The reason: 250 million primary-aged children lack basic reading writing, and maths skills and these guys intend to do something about it.
It takes US$25 to educate a child and US$25,000 to build an entire school. Watch and be inspired by Pencils of Promise. The founder, Adam Braun, started this not-for-profit, for-purpose business with $25.
Now, Adam’s award-winning nonprofit organization has broken ground on more than 150 schools around the world and has delivered over 5 million educational hours to children in poverty. Wow…!
Seth critiques the largely broken industrial model of education that we’re still trying to work with in the 21st century. Here’s a taste:
A hundred and fifty years ago, adults were incensed about child labor. Low-wage kids were taking jobs away from hard-working adults.
Sure, there was some moral outrage about seven-year-olds losing fingers and being abused at work, but the economic rationale was paramount. Factory owners insisted that losing child workers would be catastrophic to their industries and fought hard to keep the kids at work— they said they couldn’t afford to hire adults. It wasn’t until 1918 that nationwide compulsory education was in place.
Part of the rationale used to sell this major transformation to industrialists was the idea that educated kids would actually become more compliant and productive workers. Our current system of teaching kids to sit in straight rows and obey instructions isn’t a coincidence—it was an investment in our economic future. The plan: trade short-term child-labor wages for longer- term productivity by giving kids a head start in doing what they’re told.
Large-scale education was not developed to motivate kids or to create scholars. It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system. Scale was more important than quality, just as it was for most industrialists.
Of course, it worked. Several generations of productive, fully employed workers followed. But now?
Seth also looks at:
What is school for?
Some themes and ideas on how we could reinvent school.
Life in the post-institutional future.
The problems with mass produced schooling and creating compliant worker drones.
Why the hacker attitude is good.
The coming meltdown in higher education
His take on homeschooling (it’s not for everyone – see point 121)
The two pillars of a future-proof education
I’ll stop on that last one… to add that Seths’s two pillars of a future-proof are this:
Teach kids how to lead (including getting better at delivering presentations – check out point number 120)
Help them learn how to solve interesting problems
This 97 page manifesto is a great read. It’s the full fat version. But if you want the lite watery version, then there’s a TED talk here.