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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses.

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In a world where the dominant model of public education is still fundamentally rooted in the industrial revolution that spawned it, when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else, a new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive.
AND IT'S WORKING.
I really hope this starts spreading and catching on.

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  • Liz DwyerLiz Dwyer

    Such an interesting article. It notes that the teacher, “Juárez Correa himself got almost no recognition, despite the fact that nearly half of his class had performed at a world-class level and that even the lowest performers had markedly improved.” --which is so sad, but unfortunately, pretty par for the course.

    Too many folks will read this and see "computer and the internet" but without Correa there as the facilitator and guide for the students, would there be the same results?

    Indeed, I was struck by him saying that the "students had succeeded because he had employed a new teaching method, one better suited to the way children learn. It was a model that emphasized group work, competition, creativity, and a student-led environment." And, that is what so many educators are already doing in their classrooms. What they often run into is that their job performance is assessed in a standardized way. Correa found that. 'These exams are like limits for the teachers,' he says. 'They test what you know, not what you can do, and I am more interested in what my students can do.'

    • Alessandra RizzottiAlessandra Rizzotti

      Agreed. That definitely was a strong point in the article. Customization of education based on how students learn is important. I admire Correa for figuring out how to do that well. It's definitely something that you can't always prepare for - and maybe it's a natural trait all teachers should have.

    • Agus EchagueAgus Echague

      Spot on Liz!
      We need more Juarez Correas in this world! However, not everyone is as ballsy as he is, and that's when a change in the SYSTEM is needed. So we don't rely solely on exceptional individuals like Sergio to adapt education to these new times and needs. More creativity, more potential unshackling, more of the good stuff!
      I think if we can find a way to shift the education model, there will be an instantaneous ripple effect in the workplace. In the end, when these kids graduate, they will not abide by old school standards!

  • Alessandra RizzottiAlessandra Rizzotti

    I love that globally, we're seeing examples of teachers that are innovating in their classrooms, using not only computers, but also problem solving, and collaborating. The internet is democratizing education- and that's awesome- but I think what's most fascinating about this article is that when students are given less information from teachers- when they have to research and find info, they learn in their own way- and they learn more. I feel like this should apply to job settings in a way. I find that when I'm put in a situation where no one has tried it before- I create my own way of doing things- and I feel empowered by it.

    • Agus EchagueAgus Echague

      Ditto Ale. I remember one of my best bosses, every time I asked him something that i could easily find for myself (or he didn't have the answer for), he would reply with "google it". To a point that i started proactively seeking for answers or coming up with solutions of my own.
      It's funny how a lot of us are seeing this shift and how technology is changing the way we learn and interact... yet it seems so hard to change the "big white elephant" and make a dent in the system... Education being such a stepping stone in how society develops, I wonder who and/or how we could push for a change and make it happen...?

      • Alessandra RizzottiAlessandra Rizzotti

        I think most importantly, it's empowering us as learners and allowing us to be independent thinkers- and figure things out on our own. At the same time though- maybe it takes away from the collaborative process of talking it out. That's why cloud/google doc systems are awesome though!