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dear Watson ...
Looks to me like Education has been “tageted.” Well, at least we have Roseanne to save the day …
That could be anywhere in the UK or Ireland. Over here it is the young and the pensioners who are the easy targets for the brunt of the cuts.
GM, we get to see values in action. It isn't all bad ... but a lot of it is!
There is hope yet TOF. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/opinion/friedman-come-the-revolution.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120516
I think there is definitely hope. We just have some transition ahead moving to a new era and the good ways won't be widespread for awhile.
Ramana that is exactly the "outside the box" kind of thinking we need. Our education system sucks - it was designed for a largely agrarian society and has been dysfunctional for decades. Here in Texas kids are simply taught to pass THE TEST they must all pass to get out with their diploma. Getting an education is secondary. We cannot compete in the looming world economy the way we are going and the right wingers simply want to make education the bastion of the priveledged. If we alllow that to happen we have noone to blame but ourselves.
The kids are being trapped by the ill-conceived "No Child Left Behind" that has accomplished precisely what you mention.
Shackman, There are many other initiatives that are taking place merging technology and opportunity. One of them is this: http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_shows_how_kids_teach_themselves.htmlAnother is: http://blog.ted.com/2011/10/17/learning-from-a-barefoot-movement-bunker-roy-on-ted-com/
When I can see some daylight, I will watch these.
I think that Shackman and I are of the old school that believed that education was learning to learn, not acquiring qualifications. I think that the three of us, in our life time will see major changes take place in the education systems of the world.
Ramana, that isn't just old school, that is what education is really about. As a science teacher, I always tried to teach that science was a process, not a collection of facts. The "facts" generated were important in furthering the process more than vice versa. Facts are supported but temporary understandings.
No one decided to pick up on the misspelling of targeted in the article.
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