Friday, March 15, 2013

Changes in Education

I was reflecting on change today--especially change related to education.  My, how our world has changed!  Students in the past needed to learn facts, to be able to quote gobs of good information, to be able to regurgitate all they could cram in their crazy heads, to be knowledgeable citizens. 

Today, though, it seems that we have computers for that.  

In today's world, students need to be problem solvers and critical thinkers. They need to learn to examine evidence and to make conclusions; they need to make inferences and to synthesize, creating their own "unique something" discovery out of all the mounds of information out there.  They need to think for themselves and to not believe everything they hear/read....Are we teaching them these skills???

9 comments:

  1. We sure are tryihg....it takes a village to teach thinking however. You have to do it inside, outside and at home. Deep converstaions and reflective discussion lead to problem solvers andcritical thinkers!

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  2. It has to have an engaging base of relationships that deeply listen, speak, and thoughtfully and safely open doors. Resources need to be authentic, real world, and high quality. Teachers need to be educated, lifelong learners gelding the highest esteem... that would be a start.

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  3. Held in...my Kindle has a mind of its own... sorry!

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  4. As I try to teach students to think for themselves, many times I will hear this phrase: "couldn't you just tell me what to write?" I especially hear this when I am teaching students who have recently arrived from other countries.

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  5. This is going to sound selfish but I'm sad that I missed this kind of education as a student. It was all about the facts..learn facts and be compliant for the sake of being compliant. It is exciting to see education make these changes although I know I'm on the learning curve! : ) It's a journey and the waters can be rough.

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  6. Shelley, I find myself writing posts when I'm actually commenting, too. I agree. Problem solving is where it's at. Google is right there just like the guy in the commercial. It would be nice to know a lot but I could never remember stuff. But I sure could have used more problem-solving skills!

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  7. I think you have an article lurking here. You have much insight in how to make thinking come alive in your classroom.

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  8. Great post - there are some wonderful TED talks about this topic that share insights into this very topic.

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  9. You are asking such important questions. This is a wonderful post that can be a springboard into another one (for sure).

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