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  1. SJ
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 16:49:05

    You’re talking about a whole new way of teaching, bringing in different learning aspects and objectives – I’m all for it but looking at the education system in the country I live in, and knowing the frustrations of my friends who work in it I see restrictions untold.

    Teachers no longer have the ability to innovate in the classroom they facilitate and manage the flow of information to children, force feeding information which children have to process in a particular way or get left behind in the process. Teachers do not have the autonomy and cannot empower learning in their own classrooms as they see fit and it becomes extremely sad as in reality we are a very very long way off seeing the education system allow outside influences and experiential learning in the way you describe, regardless of the benefits.

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  2. bornstoryteller
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 16:53:30

    Hi SJ, yes, I am. what is in place in today’s world just is not working. We rehash old systems in new ways, but still don’t address the realities of the Socio-Economic destabilization we are all in. All, as in Global. I did not even go the Global concept in this article. That is for another time.

    The funny thing is: this does not cost a red cent! It’s embraced in some areas (see the first video), but it can and should go further. What it takes is work, educating everyone to be on the same page, through out ANY agenda that is not geared towards benefiting ALL students (not just familial connections).

    If it was easy, we’d be doing it.

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  3. Greta
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 17:19:56

    It’s funny that so much education reform in the past has only stripped away the teacher’s autonomy. What you suggest would be better for the teaching profession and students…

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    • bornstoryteller
      Jun 03, 2011 @ 17:23:34

      Hi Greta: yes. We always focus on one thing, and forget the larger picture. Bullying: it’s NOT just the kids who bully. Teachers bully other teachers, Parents bully, Principals bully, Corporate world bullies. Let’s not even talk about other areas (coughPoliticiancough). Educating is a global community project. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Dangerous Linda
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 17:40:03

    Now that my own offspring have grown, I have more time and energy to reach out to the youth of the greater community. This week I started teaching an after-school art program at a small town community center. It’s good for the kids and it’s good for me 😉

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  5. Alejandro
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 18:26:43

    A lot of it comes down to Apathy due to the laws being brought in on how one must teach or be with a child. It is getting ridiculous in what you can teach say or do with a student, it is like why would I bother?
    The government has too much to say with education these days and that restricts those who want to really teach. Be it a parent guardian volunteer and of course a professional teacher or mentor.

    A

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  6. bornstoryteller
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 18:30:55

    A, apathy in all walks of life is why we are in a mess. Big money was allowed to walk in again and dictate things. It’s back to the Robber Baron mentality of the US. They line the pockets of the govt (no? why are they getting tax breaks?). It’s up to all of us to break this chain.

    Please, not just A, send these posts to your friends who are parents or in the education field.

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