Friday, April 26, 2013

One size does not fit all

"To the millions of children whose voices are not heard."

"Every nine seconds, a student drops out of school. Why? For a majority, school was not relevant to them. The education system isn't broken - it's doing exactly what it was intended to do so - create compliant cogs in machines. It's outdated. It's dangerous. And it's suppressing millions of children around the country."

"This top-down approach to education has not and will never work. In parallel, Dov Seidman, the CEO of LRN and the author of How, put it best to the New York Times:
"The days of leading countries or companies via a one-way conversation are over. The old system of 'command and control' - using carrots and sticks - to exert power over people is fast being replaced by 'connect and collaborate' - to generate power through people."
"Alvin Toffler once remarked, "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

" must learn how to face a world no one can predict ... 65 percent of today's grade-school kids may end up doing work that hasn't been invented yet."

" I asked high school dropout Nick Perez the question, "If you could create a school your younger self would attend, what would be the important part of it?"

"Freedom," he replied.

The Fallacy of a “One Size Fits All” Education