Sunday 7 April 2013

Assembly-line Teaching Approach

The traditional school structure emerged as a parallel to the factory model: a division of labour, mechanical routines and large-scale production as the most efficient way to make things. The products could be automobiles or productive citizens.

Considering students have different classes a day of about 50 or 60 minutes each, in rooms where they are sitting in orderly rows, writing down notes and completing repetitive exercises in preparation for exams. This is an efficient method of material production, but it's no way to educate human beings.

The "products" these industrial-era schools release into our communities cannot be agents of change and often lack the ability to collaborate with others and engage in the critical analysis necessary to make this world a better place. 

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