Aligning the education paradigm: Finland, modern media, etc

By | January 2, 2012
I know how Singapore achieves their high education standards – through an overly-competitive 'top or big flop' system – but Finland's success parallels the success of collaborative learning projects that, well, work – such as Sugata Mitra's 'Hole in the Wall' experiment [1]. And given how the internet affects our access to information, sheer quantity of information, and human interaction patterns, it's certainly an initiative that should be supported in the rest of the world.

However, I do not think that complete lack of competitiveness is something we're ready for yet. While it most certainly is best for humanity if we can forget the patent-economic-wars and start to collaborate and innovate instead, this is a change that will take more than one generation – and in order to be able to get far enough to invoke change, children of the next generation will need some spark of competitiveness to get on in life and continue the mission.

[1] http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html

/via +Charles A. Anaman

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