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Models for Education in the 21st Century

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Models for Education in the 21st Century

Moderated by Megan McCausland
In 2006 I read a Time Magazine article that has always stayed with me and is the inspiration for this project. It began like this:

“There's a dark little joke exchanged by educators with a dissident streak: Rip Van Winkle awakens in the 21st century after a hundred-year snooze and is, of course, utterly bewildered by what he sees. Men and women dash about, talking to small metal devices pinned to their ears. Young people sit at home on sofas, moving miniature athletes around on electronic screens. Older folk defy death and disability with metronomes in their chests and with hips made of metal and plastic. Airports, hospitals, shopping malls—every place Rip goes just baffles him. But when he finally walks into a schoolroom, the old man knows exactly where he is. 'This is a school,” he declares. “We used to have these back in 1906. Only now the blackboards are green.'”

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1568480-1,00.html#ixzz1JzkWC3cS

This project is about highlighting and discussing models for education that Rip would find consistent with the advances we've made is almost every other sector.

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Megan McCausland, Nov. 9, 2011

This is a blog post by a professor who created the video below about students in the 21st century. It demonstrates how our 19th and 20th century approaches to education just aren’t cutting it. http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2008/10/a-vision-of-students-today-what-teachers-must-do/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o&feature=player_embedded
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  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Dec. 4, 2011
    Very good point. It reminds me of the news last year that American Public University and Walmart (the largest private employer in US) entered into an arrangement whereby Walmart associates can earn degrees from APU while working, including credits for work experience and training (e.g., ethics training of Walmart associate can qualify for APU academic credit). This, itself, seems part of a general trend toward “corporate universities,” i.e., companies offering extensive customized training to their employees because schools are not doing an adequate job of preparing them for the workplace.
  • srini n srini n Dec. 4, 2011
    The Walmart training concept has its parallels in India too. Future Groups does that here. Several corporate hospitals provide training in nursing. And hotel chains have their own training schools for training in catering services. And then there is the Hamburger University at Chicago!

    My unease with Corporates taking over education is the agenda and curriculum. Can they transcend the here and now? When bottomlines shrink, will not budget cuts start with the funds for education?

    I have seen some websites of universities that are dedicated to open learning have become inoperative post 2008 for lack of funds to support their maintenance. The checks and balances and safety nets - in short infrastructure for their sustainability - seem to be not yet in place.
  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Dec. 5, 2011
    Srini, I think that you've just explained our rationale for creating Einztein :). We're trying to strike a balance between open and, for lack of a better term, “private” learning.
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Reese Turlington, Oct. 29, 2011

Digital media a regular part of life for many children. According to a national study by Common Sense Media, digital media has become “a regular part of the media diet” of children ages zero to 8 years old.

Infants and toddlers are spending twice as much time with screen media as they are with books, a report says. This is surely going to have an effect on education very soon. Books in the classroom will disappear. And that’s a good thing in my book :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beglen/5004302606/
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Megan McCausland, June 13, 2011

A school where parents pay $12,500 a year and donate over a thousand hours of their time…why do they do it? Read about one model that makes kids love to learn and has parents singing its praises.

http://articles.boston.com/2011-06-09/news/29639533_1_wall-coverings-innovative-schools-classrooms
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Megan McCausland, May 31, 2011

What should professional development for teachers look like in the 21st Century? Here’s an article about an alternative that looks more like what happens at Google’s “Googleplex” than what happens at a typical professional development session.

http://articles.philly.com/2011-05-30/news/29599087_1_unconference-philadelphia-magnet-school-english-teacher
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Megan McCausland, May 26, 2011

While schools have not changed a ton in the past 100 years, parents and families have. Here’s an article about a school that has managed to involve even the most difficult to reach parents in their children’s education.

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/may11/vol68/num08/From-Breakfasts-to-Backpacks.aspx
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Megan McCausland, May 12, 2011

Meeting students where they are is one of the greatest challenges facing teachers today. Here’s how technology can help…

http://dearborn.patch.com/articles/computer-based-program-brings-students-classroom-success
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Megan McCausland, May 12, 2011

This columnist suggests that the 21st Century model for schooling should not involve a summer vacation, particularly if we want our students to be able to compete with other nations. He says the need for summer vacations has passed, “The reason for summer vacations in the first place was that little Johnny was needed in the fields to help the family during growing season. Today more people live in cities than they do in rural areas, and that farming structure has been obsolete for some time. If our kids aren’t working on the farm all summer long, what are they doing?”

http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/05/10/granderson.yearround.school/
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  • Pam Miller Pam Miller May 12, 2011
    This is not a new idea. Many schools switched to full-year scheduling 15-20 years ago. I don't know if studies have been done to see if students in these schools have shown the predicted improvements. A shorter summer vacation has a variety of implications. Students in our high school shifted from summer jobs to part-time, year-round jobs and participation in extracurricular activities including sports declined. In California reducing the length of the school year is one of the proposals for cutting the state budget- the primary savings coming from the proportional cut in teachers' salaries.

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Megan McCausland, April 19, 2011

This article features ten schools that are all, in very different ways, teaching like it’s the 21st century.

http://www.lhj.com/relationships/family/school/most-amazing-schools/
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