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Discussion in 'Scotland - Primary' started by dundobeal, Jan 15, 2012.
It may be interesting but the speaker delivering the lecture also makes a great number of assumptions without providing the evidence to back them up.
The clever animation is not just used to illustrate the arguments. It's there to distract the listener from what is actually being said.
A central argument is that compulsory state education, free at the point of delivery, is out of date because it is based on the cultural norms and economic imperatives of the late 19 Century. That's an extremely simplistic notion and takes no account of the many changes there have been in both society and education since that time.
The idea that it is very difficult to know what skills, and knowledge, pupils will need in a future economy is not new. However, what is clear is that if a pupil cannot cope with basic reading, writing and computation, they are going to struggle to find any kind of employment.
The assertion that schools are about conformity and the suppression of important divergent thinking in children and young people was also somewhat spurious. If our ideas of what we can do with a paperclip narrow as we get older, that is due to the application of experience. A 100 metre high, sponge paperclip wouldn't stand up so why bother to consider it. Sometimes there are only a limited number of possible answers.
Also the lecturer in the video asserts that most great learning takes place in groups. Really? Many of the greatest discoveries, and inventions, are the result of individuals working alone. Indeed, working in a group can also be a distraction.
Give children a task to do in a group and within two minutes half of them will be talking about something else. For that matter, give a group of teachers something to do in a group and within one minute half of them will be talking about something else.
Also if group learning is so important, why is the educationalist in the video using the modern equivalent of chalk and talk to get his points across. Presumably because that is the cultural, and educational, process that has served him well.
Why should today's pupils be denied a well-planned, and structured, education system?