The old way is not the best way. We must evolve our educational experience.
The internet is essentially the largest database of knowledge ever created in the history of humankind. It is a library the likes of which has never existed before, and holds within a vast and hugely diverse amount of knowledge. This knowledge is readily accessible for ANYONE with an internet connection. (and yes, you can be off grid and online)
Logan LaPlante has used the internet (and hands on training) to educate himself and he has some great advice for us old people.
As adults sometimes we forget why we do things. We get caught up in the daily grind to make a living, keep a roof over our heads, keep food on the table, and get the kids off to school so we can get to work, that we sometimes forget that school may not be the best place to learn any more. That maybe, brick and mortar schools are on the way out, and homeschooling, is on the way in, in a BIG way.
Also, the way in which we learn is being challenged. I know from personal experience that I’m a hands on person. This is not anything special, as all human beings learn better by being hands on. Learning by memory is NOT the best way to do it. Reading a book and taking a test is NOT learning. It;s memorization and does not provide lasting benefits for the students. It’s a boring, tedious, and just plain stupid way to teach.
Creativity Creates Innovation
Instead, let kids learn via hands on interactivity. This inspires creativity.
“…When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal…”
Do Schools Kill Creativity?
This is the future of education. It will be ONLINE and it will be FREE.
“…Khan Academy is a non-profit educational website created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. The stated mission is to provide ‘a free world-class education for anyone anywhere’…”
Inspire & Encourage Kids To Learn
Neil DeGrasse Tyson gives a word of advice to parents regarding their kids.
“Get out of their way! Kids are born curious. Period!”
Shut up, sit down, and get out of the way of our kids. Let the break things, turn over rocks, pluck the petals from flowers, and let them LEARN. It;s what we do. We have a natural curiosity.
Let it flow, inspire kids, and nurture their creativity. Help them explore.
They are after all our future.