November 5, 2011

Time for an education revolution


A 16-year-old high school student from Long Island calls for an education revolution and an end to factory-based education, which stresses conformity, standardization and test preparation. 


He proposes project-based learning designed to put students in the driver seat. "No longer is the teacher the only hub of information. No longer do kids work in silos, isolated from their peers and the community around them." 


In a NY Times article he highlights High Tech High in San Diego for adopting interdisciplinary, project-based learning that drives the curriculum, rather than the reverse. "....project-based learning offers constant feedback and revision to develop higher quality work. It’s hands-on, it’s practical, and it’s creative."



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