Some of the most compelling visionaries in the world -- from Sir Ken Robinson to Jane Goodall to Martin Scorsese -- are focusing their attention on how to improve education. Get inspired by their big ideas.
Twentieth Century history is one of the most controversial subjects in the Japanese school curriculum, reports Mariko Oi.
"Our system has been creating young people who get annoyed by all the complaints that China and South Korea make about war atrocities because they are not taught what they are complaining about," she said. Without knowing these debates, it is extremely difficult to grasp why recent territorial disputes with China or South Korea cause such an emotional reaction among our neighbours.
Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud.
Mitra's idea is the perfect companion for p4c. Like Lipman's caravan I'd imagine P4C caravans driving around even the most remote areas with teaching materials on board and the best possible wireless Internet connection to create COIs and train teachers wherever needed ( and of course a person who pays for the whole project-->if that kind of person is reading this contact me at arthur(at)bimh.org ).
Dr. Ricardo Peach, an independent cultural consultant and previous Acting Director of the Inter-Arts Office at the Australia Council for the Arts, recently visited UNESCO Bangkok for an annual meeting for the Arts Education Network of Observatories in Thailand. He talked about culturally diverse art, art projects that help hospital patients manage their pain, and experimental art in Australia.
Art & Education. Interesting article that gives some ideas on how to bring philosophy and art ot the public.
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
"Underlying the development of a PLN is the need for individual learners to be able to have the capacity for self-direction, which requires a higher level of learning maturity—an absence of which may represent a barrier for a percentage of adults to learn in this way. Also crucially important for networked learning is the level of development of individuals’ digital and webliteracies in order for members to optimally filter out ‘noise’ and contribute to the health of the network. Although approaches to and experiences when establishing a PLN may vary, individuals seeking to build one may wish to first self-assess their own abilities to learn and share within networks before seeking out others with similar interests."
In 1993 Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington wrote an essay titled "The Clash of Civilizations?" and later he expanded into a book with the same title, but...
From 38:02 Said talks about how educational systems need to be 'denationalised'. The 'cry for tradition' is an approach used by conservatives to maintain a We/Other distinction that many countries still, consciously or unconsciously, perpetuate in their educational systems.
The problem with learning history by key dates and moments is that it gives us a spotlit view of the past - bright stars of major events twinkling against a giant - but dark and mysterious - night sky of history. As a result we lose sense of the context of major events, and the ways in which our history - and our world - has been, and still is, connected.
Critical thinking is a reflective and analytical style of thinking, with its basis in logic, rationality, and synthesis. It means delving deeper and asking questions like: why is that so? Where is the evidence? How good is that evidence? Is this a good argument? Is it biased? Is it verifiable? What are the alternative explanations?
Critical thinking moves us beyond mere description and into the realms of scientific inference and reasoning. This is what enables discoveries to be made and innovations to be fostered.
Art was once divorced from business and industry. But now, the world of science is struggling to find creative thinkers, while corporate culture is crying out for designers and visionaries.
"But over the last few decades art and science have become separated. Schools have emphasised the importance of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, while art has been seen as a luxury, the first subject to be axed in an age of austerity."
The Center for Childhood Creativity and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience have formed a new partnership to collaborate on solutions for the growing deficit in creative thinking.
“Studies have shown that creativity is declining at an alarming rate, particularly among very young children -- which is the most crucial stage for core creativity skills and brain development."
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