As a self-proclaimed TED Addict, I’ve been reading TEDBooks for a while, and today I came across an incredibly relevant one, Why School by Will Richardson.
The author hit the nail on the head when talking about our form of education and the need to radically create new experiences for our students, those which would force them to think for themselves, to come up with their own curriculum based on the material they need to discover. As a student who used to suffer from cramming and regurgitating, and an instructor who craves intellectual stimulation, I was absorbed into Richardson’s message and sought to dissolve right into the folds of this text (an impossible task as it is an e-book!).
Starting this blog was also inspired by Richardson as he proposes the following steps to “rethink education”:
- Share everything (or at least something) – hence I started this blog!
- Discover, Don’t Deliver the curriculum – couldn’t agree more!
- Talk to strangers – slightly scary, this one…
- Be a master learner – the need to “learn, re-learn, and unlearn” as he puts it
- Do your work for real audiences
- Transfer the power – note to self. Do a little more of that in my classes.
Finally would like to leave you with Richardson’s question, why school? Why do you believe our students should spend so many years of their lives in a classroom? is it simply to pass a standardized test? or is there more to it?
You can also watch Will Richardson’s TEDx Talk here: