Some local communities foster fertile ground for learning and don’t have the horrendous dropout figures of 40% that America is currently reporting. Nor do they have the so called Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD] epidemic. Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
Ken Robinson’s video presentation (posted on Mikode by Kitty Jellinek 09/12/11) describes the underlying need for change in educational systems around the world. The factory model, at the macro level, persists in schools despite many attempts to change school structures. Many schools have changed at the micro level by introducing multiage grouping in classrooms. Though this has brought about some change in classroom practices, the concept is challenged by the current focus on national testing through NAPLAN. A greater understanding of multiage grouping will go some way to improving classrooms and student achievement. Following are my thoughts on multiage groupings.
In every locality there are people with a fountain of knowledge ready and willing to pass that knowledge on to those that ask for it. In every locality there are people who are eager to learn. The Mikode network of social communities is the ideal platform to bring together those prepared to share their knowledge and those eager to learn. It is also the ideal platform for people to exchange ideas, develop productivity, find solutions, engender creativity and help each other. Common sense may be described as genius in farmers clothing and I am continuously astounded at the pearls of […]