Monday, 25 July 2011

The Education Revolution: Where to Begin

Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Last week, I posted my thoughts on the potential of an education revolution in North America. I came to the conclusion that a drastic change to North America’s education system will not occur because it would require the complete subsidization of post-secondary education. Today I will look at one region where the revolution could occur.  

Where it could occur is in countries that are currently building their education systems and infrastructures. There are several benefits for countries to look into the latest approaches to education in lieu of more traditional methods:
  • There is less need for teachers and educators, both of whom are grossly undersupplied in developing countries.
  • Students would learn from a young age how to use technology, fostering future economic growth.
  • Initial reviews show that new delivery methods of education (Khan academy etc.) foster greater knowledge retention and critical thinking skills.
  • Blended education systems are much more accessible and flexible for teachers and students.

Is it realistic?

I think it would only be realistic for a very rich nation that is still building its education system. I'm thinking a small, newly-rich country, something like Qatar or another small, oil-producing nation. If successful, the education would help the country sustain its economic growth into a future where it will no longer be able to rely on its non-renewable resources. 

Related links:

2. 8 Great TED Talks About The Future Of Education And Teaching

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