Watching my kids play Guitar Hero and was reminded of the the Pink Floyd song ‘Another Brick in the Wall’. The
lyrics of this song contain the words “We
don’t need no education”, sung in a dirge-like tone. Then shouting the lyrics... “Teachers,
leave those kids alone.”
This song is a product of the late twentieth century and seems to be a comment
on education in the post-industrial age. It pushes me to ask...
Can a mass education system, designed during an industrial age, closely modelled on a factory system, be appropriate for this post-industrial age?
While at NSDC an IT director from Virginia shared this clip with my friend John Norton. It was made by a teacher in her district. It is a great representation of this whole idea of being the first generation of teachers who are preparing kids for jobs that havent even been invented yet.
I think the clip would serve as a great way to get a discussion going at a staff meeting.
Knowing that we are preparing our children for jobs that haven’t even been invented yet--Will they be better prepared by taking a test at the end of high school, or by playing video games that they invent themselves?
We simply have to redesign/reframe education if we want to remain relevant.
WHAT SUGGESTIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR MEETING THE NEEDS OF A CURRICULUM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY?
IN WHAT WAYS MIGHT INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS OF MAKING PRINCIPLED CHANGES IN WHAT AND HOW WE TEACH?
IN WHAT WAYS MIGHT WEB 2.0 HELP YOU ADDRESS THE REFRAMING OF OUR CURRICULA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY?
WHAT SKILLS DO STUDENTS NEED TO MASTER and IN WHAT WAYS MIGHT THEY BE LEARNED THROUGH REFRAMED CURRICULA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY?
If we do not redesign ourselves as educators and redesign our curricula to meet the needs of an information driven society then education will soon be so outdated that "school" will be just another 'brick in the wall.'
Check out this cartoon... it is just a matter of time before kids really are outsourcing their homework to India.
Uh OH! Scratch that they already are-- Kids are already outsourcing homework-- it will be a matter of time with Web 2.0 before we will be outsourcing a child's education!