As the well-earned holiday begins (well, at least in Victoria), I'm sure we are all reflecting on our experience of a new form of education, i.e. remote/online teaching and learning.
Whether you loved it or hated it, this gave us an opportunity to reevaluate the current education model.
This article ' The World is A Classroom' published in 'Pursuit' by Melbourne University gave us an insight into what the future of education might look like.
Covid-19 forced us to move our education into online delivery.
As a mother of 3, I experienced this first hand. They all logged into zoom to 'meet' their teachers and peers. Then the day of learning begins. From 8:45 till 3:15, just like when they are at school.
I have no intention to invalidate all the work teachers put into this rapid and unexpected transitions. I am so grateful for what they have done, and hats off to them and to what they were able to put together in such a short amount of time.
But this got me to think,
'Is this the best way to utilise the education revolution opportunity?'
Even though the world has shifted to the agricultural age to the industrial age, then information age and now we are moving into a new age, the education system has not evolved with it.
Most schools are still living within an Education 1.0 model, topic-based and one-way learning. Plus they are structured by timetables—a great way to raise assembly line workers.
But the ultimate reality is, children do not need to stay in the classroom and taught by traditional 'teachers'. Students these days can easily find information on google. There are many apps that can solve complicated math questions in seconds, and great YouTube videos that explain science in much more exciting way.
THE WORLD IS A CLASSROOM!
The school still has a place, and teachers always have a place. The question is how we are going to utilise those resources to meet the demand of the future.
Are we still focusing on raising assembly line workers? Are we relying on highly trained teachers to babysit children in the classroom?
Are we going to use every opportunity and skills to create capable human beings who are going to solve the problems that we are facing?
We cannot rely just on information any longer. We need skills, ability and willingness to evolve with changes and human skills to communicate with more people to move into Education 3.0.
What's your thought?