In this lockdown, I asked my 12-year-old daughter what she wanted to learn and now she has skills in:
- Understanding how stocks and shares work with her new virtual portfolio (she’s asking me every morning now, how is my portfolio doing?!)
- Cooking new recipes and following instructions (experimenting and tweaking based on our taste and dietary needs)
- How to watch useful TED talks (taking useful notes and sharing her key insights with us).
Between, here are some really good ones that were recommended:
How did we conclude that the best way to prepare kids for the future is to cluster them into a setting where they get dropped off so early, are organised by age, and forced to learn the same things, at the same time and pace, 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 11 + years?
It’s actually because the school system was designed during the industrial revolution when they were being trained to be compliant and regimented.
Teaching is not easy.
We need to give the brilliant teachers the opportunity to flourish with their own teaching styles rather than be lumbered by strictly regimented government policy curriculums and obscure targets, and teaching for a test.
Some different ways of teaching could be: invite entrepreneurs and innovators into the classroom, use design thinking process or let students take risks and fail.