I’ve been thinking about education a lot lately. I got my teaching degree a few years ago, and spent a couple of years substitute teaching while I decided whether or not I wanted to enter that profession full time. For many reasons I decided not to. But I’m still trying to find ways to support learners both within the formal education system and outside of it. So when I saw that education historian and researcher Diane Ravitch was the guest on a recent episode of The Daily Show, I decided to sketch out what she had to say:
The two things that frustrate me the most about the education system in the U.S. is that we’re not doing a very good job of providing equal education opportunities for all learners and we’re not putting enough emphasis on helping kids lead passionate and fulfilling lives while helping others in some way. Instead, as Ravitch mentioned, we’re teaching kids to pick the right box instead of teaching them how to think outside of the box.
I don’t see myself returning to the world of formal education any time soon, but I’m not done exploring ways to help learners. That’s why I started a side project a few months back: Revolutionary Learning. I don’t expect to find the answers to all of the questions that I still have about how best to approach the topic of education in the 21st century, but I do hope to provide some useful resources for individuals who want to get the most out of their educational experiences.
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