Rethinking the Classroom

Written by on April 8, 2009 in Articles of Note - 1 Comment

world-globeMost people believe that the majority of learning takes place inside the walls of a classroom. But, all it takes is a quick look around to discover that real learning is happening everywhere.

A research paper from the DaVinci Institute predicts that classrooms will lose their identity as the “touch-point” for education. Instead, they’ll be replaced by more authentic, hands-on experiences:

“…Classroom-centric education is not necessary for learning.

Learning takes place from the moment a person wakes up in the morning until they fall asleep at night. In fact, learning continues even while a person is sleeping…

Indeed some topics like math and science require a more structured form of learning for most students to grasp the information being imparted, but learning is not dependent upon the classroom. In some cases the classroom may be the optimal environment for learning to take place, but most often it is not.

Important new touch points for our mind include our computers, electronic newspapers, video magazines, handheld televisions, cellphones, MP3 payers, video games, artwork, and much more.”

Researchers imagine a new kind of school, available to help guide learners rather than control the environment:

“Some school buildings will transition into learning centers that are open 24 hours a day, accommodating both child and adult learners, providing support staff to assist people who struggle with the system or on a specific topic.

Other school buildings, or portions of buildings, will transition into production centers filled with the tools and equipment for people to produce new courseware. Staff people will also be on hand to assist in courseware design and creation.”

This would be a huge change from our modern-day educational system. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem very likely in an age where legislators are pushing for more traditional schooling at even younger ages. However, the kind of authentic, choice-driven learning discussed in this paper is certainly an inspiration and something we can all strive for.

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De-Schooling Yourself

One Comment on "Rethinking the Classroom"

  1. Savant April 11, 2009 at 7:00 am · Reply

    No wonder why I keep coming back because this is a revolution in disguised.

    Thanks To You Jamie.

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