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Educational Reform ala 321 Fastdraw

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The following animated 321 Fastdraw is actually a promotion for Montessori schooling but that is not revealed until the last frames.  The video is a powerful statement of why educational reform is needed and what the qualities are for good education.  It is a must watch:

Suggested changes include:

  • Un-standardize education, personalize it, humanize it.
  • Group the ages together (not by chronological age).
  • Let there be a wide and varying mix of activities going on (in the learning environment).
  • Let teaching, learning, leadership, systems thinking, community be part of the fabric of the classroom environment.
  • It should feel like a family, your family, not a factory.
  • Throw out the tests. Let students do hands-on, meaningful, real world projects where they can figure out what works and what doesn’t, what’s successful and what fails.
  • Let students own their learning.
  • School should be filled with awe, wonder,and joyful learning.

These qualities or characteristics should be found in any learning environment.  I do see Montessori, as Trevor Eissler promotes, as being a viable approach and discuss it further in  Montessori Methods – Worth a (Re)Look.

Written by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

July 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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  1. Excellent video. Thank you for sharing Jackie

  2. My older children both did Montessori school when they were 3-5 and it made a huge difference. When I began with the flip, I thought many of the concepts were similar. It would be wonderful to do ability grouping rather than age grouping in education. Sadly, I don’t see this change coming any time soon. I wish there was a way to make it happen faster.

    I look forward to future blog posts.

    Heather Witten

    July 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm


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