Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but what we know and we do in schools is just not right. Too often we give in to societal norms, pressure and status quo at the expense of our kids.
When are children “ready” for school? There is much debate about when the transition between play-based pre-school and the start of “formal” schooling should begin. The trend in the UK primary school curriculum over recent decades has been towards an earlier start to formal instruction, and an erosion of learning through play.
My views on IB Education was recently shared in an article on Kompas.
JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Euforia hadirnya sekolah “berkelas internasional” makin kuat di Tanah Air. Saat ini semakin banyak bermunculan sekolah yang menawarkan sistem pendidikan berkualitas atau berstandar internasional di Indonesia. Dengan embel-embel internasional itu, beberapa sekolah menambahkan kurikulum tertentu yang khas di luar kurikulum nasional. Sekolah-sekolah tersebut menerapkan proses pembelajaran dengan ciri khas masing-masing.
Grades matter, but only to a certain extent. Why is this so difficult to understand for so many schools and institutions.
It’s important that education always has the children at the heart of the matter. Teacher Quality is an important factor in student achievement as studies have shown, but there are many other factors that affects it as well. An interesting read to get a better perspective of things.
Yet another case for not doing what we know. It’s frustrating to see so much of what we know that works (research evidence) in teaching and learning not being applied in the classrooms. We live in technologically advanced world, yet when our students go to to school, they are back to the Middle Ages. A great NYT article and a Singapore documentary on the Apprenticeship Model to learning.